Food & Dining

Introduction

Modern industrial food production often has deleterious environmental and social impacts. Institutions can use their food purchases to support their local economies; encourage safe, environmentally friendly and humane farming methods; and help eliminate unsafe working conditions and alleviate poverty for farmers. These actions help reduce environmental impacts, preserve regional farmland, improve local food security, and support fair and resilient food systems. Dining services can also support sustainable food systems by preventing food waste and diverting food materials from the waste stream, by making low impact dining options available, and by educating its customers about more sustainable options and practices.

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Full Circle Composting

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

Macalester College highlighted in AASHE's 2017 Sustainable Campus Index!

  • Macalester College (MN)

Caption: Kira Liu '17, left, and Emily Sylvestre '16, right, winterizing the bee hives with Pollinate Minnesota staff at Macalester College's Katharine Ordway Natural History Study Area. The photo ...


Closed Loop Composting at Central Michigan University

  • Central Michigan University (MI)

Through its commitment to utilizing organic waste as a valuable resource, Central Michigan University engages in a full-circle, closed system composting program that also promotes economic prosperity. Material from compost ...


Careers in organic food production

This article describes the workers who are involved in producing organic food, certifying it, and bringing it to consumers. Although the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not ...

  • Posted Sept. 21, 2017
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Effects of a College Course About Food and Society on Students' Eating Behaviors

  • Stanford University (CA)

This paper aims to examine whether an innovative educational course focused on societal-level issues related to food and food production (Food and Society) would promote healthful eating among college students.

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2017
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Impact on Plate Waste of Switching from a Tray to a Trayless Delivery System in a University Dining Hall and Employee Response to the Switch

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

A potential strategy for decreasing food waste in foodservice operations is trayless dining. The objective of this 2010 study was to compare the impact of using a tray vs a ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2017
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Positive Attitudes toward Organic, Local, and Sustainable Foods Are Associated with Higher Dietary Quality among Young Adults

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Scant evidence is available on the relationship between preferences for organic, local, sustainable, and nonprocessed foods (ie, alternative food production practices) and dietary quality. This cross-sectional study examined the characteristics ...

  • Posted Aug. 18, 2017
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Marine Debris & Plastic Source Reduction Toolkit for Colleges & Universities

  • University of California, San Francisco (CA)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
  • University of California, San Diego (CA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

EPA, the Product Stewardship Institute, and the University of California collaborated on this toolkit to help college campuses and other institutions cut their plastic waste and reduce marine debris and ...

  • Posted Aug. 17, 2017
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Natural Herbicides Project

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (CO)

First experiment (for Google Science Fair 2012). Weedy check (control plot in which no natural herbicides were applied) shown to left; treated areas shown to right.


Development and Validation of Green Eating Behaviors, Stage of Change, Decisional Balance, and Self-Efficacy Scales in College Students

  • University of Rhode Island (RI)

Objective: To develop and validate an instrument to assess environmentally conscious eating (Green Eating [GE]) behavior (BEH) and GE Transtheoretical Model constructs including Stage of Change (SOC), Decisional Balance (DB ...


University Student Perceptions of Seasonal and Local Foods

This study examined how university students conceptualize “seasonal” and “local” in relation to food. Because starting college often represents the first time many people assume primary responsibility for their meals ...


How Federal Programs and Partnerships can Help Reduce Wasted Food on Campuses

  • Central Michigan University (MI)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Food is the single largest waste stream sent to landfills and incinerators each year in the United States –over 70 billion pounds, which accounts for 21 percent of Americans’ everyday ...

  • Posted July 25, 2017
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The Campus Kitchens Project

  • The Campus Kitchens Project (DC)

Images from the Campus Kitchens Project (CKP), a national leader in community service for students and the future of hunger relief. CKP is empowering the next generation of leaders to ...


The University and the Moral Imperative of Fair Trade Coffee

This paper examines the relationship between the university and fair trade coffee campaigns in North America. In recent years, fair trade coffee sales internationally have increased substantially but have still ...

  • Posted June 20, 2017
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4 Simple Ways to Reduce Food Waste at Colleges

  • University of Houston (TX)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • The Campus Kitchens Project (DC)

The average U.S. college student produces 142 pounds of food waste per year, adding up to hundreds of thousands of pounds wasted at each school. According to Julian Dautremont-Smith ...


Earthday at Universidad de Monterrey

  • Universidad de Monterrey (NL)

Full Service Organics

  • St. John's University, New York (NY)

In the Full Service Organics documentary video, St. john's University, New York (SJU) has documented its efforts of student engagement in fighting hunger and waste, and making compost from ...

  • Posted May 22, 2017
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University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point Designated as the 40th Fair Trade University in the U.S.

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, part of a national initiative by Fair Trade Campaigns to engage college/university students in issues of global poverty, officially received designation as ...


McGill University’s Fairtrade Campus Commitment: Roddick Roast Coffee

  • McGill University (QC)
  • Fairtrade Canada (ON)
  • The Canadian Fair Trade Network (BC)

In June 2013, McGill University was given the designation of Fair Trade Campus by the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN). This means that 100% of coffee sold on campus is ...


Black Hills Food Hub: rural food hubs serving a wider demographic

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills State University (BHSU) and Spearfish community partners are seeking to create a culture that supports and values local food in order to expand the reach and depth of ...


Making Local, Healthy, Sustainable Delicious: The How-To Guide for Foodservice Operators

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The How-To Guide for Foodservice Operators is a manual for restoring real food and regional food systems to the right place in our society. The guide documents UMass Dining’s ...


Revisiting Service Learning Through Food Equity, One Outcome from the Chemeketa - Marion Polk Food Share Youth Partnership

  • Chemeketa Community College (OR)

Chemeketa Student Retention and College Life (SRCL) periodically offers free leadership courses to students. Chemeketa’s dreams of a student farm for the Agricultural Sciences program are still a few ...


Reducing the Nitrogen Footprint of a Small Residential College

  • Dickinson College (PA)

The release of reactive nitrogen contributes to its accumulation in the environment, causing a variety of harmful effects. To measure Dickinson College’s contribution to nitrogen pollution, and quantify the ...


Adding a Nitrogen Footprint to Colorado State University’s Sustainability Plan

  • Colorado State University (CO)

As a large land grant university with more than 32,000 students, Colorado State University (CSU) has both on-campus non-agricultural and agricultural sources of nitrogen (N) released to the environment ...


Comparing Institution Nitrogen Footprints: Metrics for Assessing and Tracking Environmental Impact

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

When multiple institutions with strong sustainability initiatives use a new environmental impact assessment tool, there is an impulse to compare. The first seven institutions to calculate nitrogen footprints using the ...


Transforming Campus Food Service with Anytime Dining

  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

The Department of Dining Services at University of Maryland (UMD) set a goal to change the student culture and experience on campus through the Anytime Dining residential dining program. The ...


Assessing the Social and Environmental Costs of Institution Nitrogen Footprints

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

This article estimates the damage costs associated with the institutional nitrogen (N) footprint and explores how this information could be used to create more sustainable institutions. Potential damages associated with ...


Zero Waste Guide and the Good Food Festival Case Study

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

Throughout the semester, Joe Iosbaker, UIC's Recycling Coordinator and Office of Sustainability (OS) staff member, and Ula Renetskis, Office of Sustainability Intern and author, have been working with Bright ...


Oregon State U Fully Transitions to Reusable Food To Go Containers

  • Oregon State University (OR)

The "Eco2Go" food container program at Oregon State University (OSU) Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) has eliminated all but a few specialized uses of disposable take-out containers within dining services ...


University of California, Climate Lab, Video Series Episode Four: Food waste is the world's dumbest problem

  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

This is the fourth episode of Climate Lab, a six-part series produced by the University of California in partnership with Vox. Hosted by Emmy-nominated conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan, the ...

  • Posted May 15, 2017
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The Drivers Behind Edible Food Recovery Programs at Institutions of Higher Education

  • Messiah College (PA)

Food waste is a multi-faceted issue that affects societies on a social, economic, and environmental level. In 2014, more than 38 million tons of food were thrown away in the ...


University foodservices’ potential for providing environmental education to students

  • University of Otago

Aims

University foodservices are potentially well placed to foster environmental education in a non-classroom setting and so could have the power to benefit communities through producing environmentally literate graduates. Buy-in ...


Temple Tiny House

  • Temple University (PA)

The Temple University Tiny House project is a student designed and student constructed sustainable building located at Temple Community Garden on main campus. Completed in spring 2017, the 175 square ...


Case Study: Oregon State University Becomes the First University to Accept Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) at University Run Grocery Store

  • Oregon State University (OR)

In January 2016, OSU began accepting SNAP at a campus grocery store, allowing individuals with SNAP to access these funds while on campus. OSU is the first to have a ...


The University as a Site of Food Insecurity

  • Texas A&M University (TX)

The project investigated a topic of increasing importance, that of food security among undergraduate students while away at school. Specifically, we examine the topic through two methodological approaches. First, a ...


Orchard Planting: Earth Week

  • Mills College (CA)

Planting the first portion of an orchard at the Mills Community Farm in collaboration with the nonprofits Growing Together and Hip Hop for Change.


State University of New York at Cortland Campus Garden Spring Planting

  • State University of New York at Cortland (NY)

The SUNY Cortland Campus Garden Advisory Committee (consisting of students, staff and faculty) held a bed preparation and planting party at the campus garden.


High School Outreach

  • DePauw University (IN)

DePauw Sustainability Leadership Program members presented on Sustainable Agriculture to 600+ local high school students as part of the high school’s Earth Day celebration.

  • Posted April 28, 2017
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Putnam County & Local Food

  • DePauw University (IN)

DePauw Director of Sustainability, Anthony Baratta, gave a presentation to students and community members at the Putnam County Public Library titled “Hands in the Dirt: Growing Food in Putnam County ...

  • Posted April 28, 2017
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Milkweed Planting

  • DePauw University (IN)

First-year Environmental Fellows and Sustainability Leadership Program members planted milkweed in the campus greenhouse for use in their student-designed pollinator garden.

  • Posted April 28, 2017
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Earth Day Raspberries

  • DePauw University (IN)

Campus Farm members Donna and Mayra ('19) weeded raspberry bushes at the one-acre DePauw organic farm.

  • Posted April 28, 2017
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UMass Amherst Students Bike for Sustainable Smoothies on Earth Day

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

On Friday, April 21st, the University of Massachusetts Amherst celebrated Earth Day at the 47th annual Earth Day Festival. Various sustainability-related organizations on campus and in the greater Pioneer Valley ...

  • Posted April 28, 2017
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Bike-Powered Smoothie Maker

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)

During our Earth Day event, students had the opportunity to make their own bike-powered smoothie. Our engineering students built the system, as a part of their class project.

  • Posted April 27, 2017
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Dumpster Dive 2017 Western Technical College

  • Western Technical College (WI)

In our efforts to raise awareness of the items that can be recycled here on our Western Technical College Campus we held a “Dumpster Dive”.

We asked our college President ...

  • Posted April 27, 2017
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Central Community College Grand Island Earth Week Expo

  • Central Community College (NE)

Students from the Hospitality Management and Restaurant Management program giving away marigold seeds and promoting their Green Fling event which connected restaurant owners, farmers markets, and local farmers.

  • Posted April 27, 2017
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Utah State University Earth Day 2017

  • Utah State University (UT)

April 21, 2017

9:00 AM- 12:00 PM Yoga, live music, tabling on the Quad
12:30 PM Featured speaker Stacy Bare, TSC Auditorium
2:00-5:00 PM Service ...
  • Posted April 27, 2017
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The Nitrogen Footprint Tool Network: A Multi-Institution Program to Research and Reduce Nitrogen Pollution

  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Brown University (RI)
  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)
  • University of Virginia (VA)

Humans release reactive nitrogen into the environment at a rate that is 4 to 5 times as large as from natural terrestrial processes. They do this by producing and applying ...

  • Posted April 26, 2017
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Earth Day Reception and Award Ceremony at Indiana University South Bend

  • Indiana University South Bend (IN)

Every year, the Center for a Sustainable Future at IU South Bend thanks our supporters, celebrates the considerable accomplishments they have made possible during the last year, and awards student ...

  • Posted April 26, 2017
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Feeding the Flames: A Report on Student Hunger at UIC

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

This report represents the results of a yearlong study of student food insecurity at UIC conducted by students and faculty in the School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and ...

  • Posted April 21, 2017
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SFA Dining Waste Audit

  • Stephen F. Austin State University (TX)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

We conducted a waste audit in our Dining Halls to see how much food we waste!

  • Posted April 11, 2017
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Food & Dining Partners

Chartwells Higher Education

Rye Brook, NY
Business Supporter

AGreenOZZI, LLC

East Greenwich, RI
Business Affiliate
Sustainability-minded AGreenOzzi has created the OZZI Collection System. This patented technology will help eliminate the use of traditional disposable take-out containers and replace them with sustainable reusable containers.

Aramark Higher Education

Philadelphia, PA
Business Affiliate

Creative Dining Services

Zeelend, MI
Business Affiliate

Essity Professional Hygiene North America LLC

Neenah, WI
Business Affiliate
SCA is a leading global hygiene products company that develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products. Tork, a global brand of SCA, is a market leader and committed partner to customers in over 100 countries.

Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

Oakland, CA
Business Affiliate

FarmLogix, LLC

Evanston, IL
Business Affiliate

Java City

Sacramento, CA
Business Affiliate

Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Arden Hills, MN
Business Affiliate
Land O'Lakes is a farmer-owned cooperative dedicated to feeding human progress, from seed to feed to plate.

Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
Business Affiliate

The Campus Kitchens Project

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
Empowering students to create innovative and sustainable solutions to food waste and hunger.

Vegware US

Warren, OH
Business Affiliate