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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Composting for a Greener Campus: the Texas State University Bobcat Blend program Membership Required

  • Texas State University, San Marcos (TX)

Bobcat Blend is a faculty managed, student-run and grant-supported research and teaching-oriented waste management campus composting program at Texas State University. The goals of the organization are to teach students ...

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UW–Madison Receipt Reduction Project Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)

Over a span of two years, teams of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Wisconsin–Madison eliminated mandatory receipt printing at campus dining centers, restaurants, markets, and cafes ...

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Bagging the Disposable Plastic Bag Membership Required

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Bon Appétit Management Company

The Student Sustainability Council at Case Western Reserve University removed disposable plastic bags from campus dining locations and replaced them with reusable bags.

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Brown's- A California Cafe Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This August, Cal Dining opened brown’s- a california café. By design, over 80% of the ingredients used are sourced locally from within 250 miles of the UC Berkeley campus ...

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The Learning Garden at Virginia Commonwealth University Membership Required

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Virginia Commonwealth University's Office of Sustainability has created a new, urban, Learning Garden that produces fruits and vegetables exclusively for donation. The garden was created in response to a ...

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CPS Café – Sustainable Food Service Operation Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

The CPS Café is an eatery operated mainly by students across campus and is a unique food service business open to the public. It is a program within the College ...

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Green Restaurant Certification for Dining Halls and Restaurants Membership Required

  • Green Restaurant Association (MA)

Search over 500 restaurants to view the thousands of green steps they have implemented. Review the Green Restaurant® Education Section. Use the standards as a guidelines to help you make ...

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Development of a Novel Food Waste Collection Kiosk and Waste-to-Energy Business Model Membership Required

  • University of Toledo (OH)

The US generates more than 37 million metric tons of food waste each year and over 95% of it is disposed of at US landfills. This paper describes the development ...

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Love Food, Hate Waste: Analyzing Food Waste and Reduction at Rice University Membership Required

  • Rice University (TX)

It is known that about 30% of food produced worldwide is ultimately wasted (Gunders 2012). Rice University is not immune to this phenomenon, and past research has shown that Rice ...

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Quantifying the components of the mass and energy balance of a black soldier fly (BSF) food waste composting system Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

Project Description:

An academic institution represents a constrained system that generates a consistent amount of waste. Bioconversion of organic food waste with Black solider fly (Hermetia illucens;Diptera: Stratiomyidae) larave ...

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It’s What’s for Dinner: Furman University’s Sustainable Dining Initiative Membership Required

  • Furman University (SC)

The majority of the food in the United States is produced via an industrial food production and distribution system, which is inherently unsustainable due to its widespread environmental (e.g ...

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Sustainable Carolina Farm and Garden Hydroponics Membership Required

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

Sustainable Carolina is a student run organization within the University of South Carolina, working to better our campus by making it more sustainable. We work with students, staff, professors, and ...

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Promotion vs. Education in Choosing "Real Food" Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

The global agro-industrial system contributes to an abundance of human and ecological health problems from social injustices and public health issues to global warming and ecological degradation. In response to ...

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Unifying Campus Efforts in Pursuit of Green Restaurant Certification at UC Irvine's East Food Court Membership Required

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)

UC Irvine's East Food Court became a Certified Green Restaurant on November 5, 2015 and upgraded its certification from 2-Star to 3-Star on April 22, 2016 through significant interdepartmental ...

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Boston University Zero Waste Commencement Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Boston University is a private research institution located in Boston, Massachusetts with approximately 33,000 undergradate and graduate students. During Commencement week, Boston University Dining Services/Aramark serves more than ...

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What’s Wrong with the Tap? Examining Perceptions of Tap Water and Bottled Water at Purdue University Membership Required

  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (MN)
  • Purdue University (IN)

The environmental impacts of bottled water prompted us to explore drinking water choices at Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, IN. A random sample of 2,045 Purdue University students ...

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UNT Community Garden Membership Required

  • University of North Texas (TX)

University of North Texas' first on-campus community garden is in the final stages of planning, with construction begining this fall, in a vacant lot next to the Legends hall, just ...

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Black Hills Food Hub Membership Required

  • 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 ...

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Smokey's Pantry: A FISH Hospitality Pantry

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

Erica Davis, a senior at the University of Tennessee, spearheaded a food recovery project called Smokey’s Pantry. This project provided groceries recovered from various sources and distributed them to ...

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The Real Food Challenge at Lehigh University Membership Required

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The Real Food Challenge (RFC) is a national student run campaign to encourage campuses to increase the ratio of food purchased from “conventional” to “real food”. At Lehigh, the Office ...

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Campus greenhouse for local and sustainable tropical food production and education at Bellairs Research Institute Membership Required

  • McGill University (QC)

The Bellairs facility is located at Folkestone, Barbados. It hosts many students and scientists from McGill and around the world for field courses, workshops and research projects. This project's ...

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Leading by Collaboration: Institutional composting on a non-residential campus Membership Required

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

JCCC's composting initiatives have changed operational practices and enriched campus culture in many ways. Those directly involved in our composting work are passionate about reducing food waste, handling it ...

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Gaucho Certified Farmers Market Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In the Fall of 2014, myself and a group of 5 other faculty members founded the first ever successful farmers market on the UC Santa Barbara campus.

The project was ...

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UIC Heritage Garden Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)

The Heritage Garden at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a hands-on learning project with an internship program where students work with faculty, staff, and community members to ...

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NC State University Students Leverage Partnerships To Eliminate Plastic Bags on Campus Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Over a three-year period, the NC State Stewards collaborated with the university’s Campus Enterprises division to move toward the elimination of single-use plastic bags in the most wasteful locations ...

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University of Redlands Proposal for Expanded Composting Membership Required

  • University of Redlands (CA)

We are currently living in a time with inequity, economic instability and environmental degradation. The University of Redlands campus claims to be sustainable, however, we lack many forms of renewable ...

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University of Redlands Proposal for Expanded Composting Membership Required

  • University of Redlands (CA)

We are currently living in a time with inequity, economic instability and environmental degradation. The University of Redlands campus claims to be sustainable, however, we lack many forms of renewable ...

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Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Membership Required

  • Sterling College (VT)

Recognizing that building a healthy and just food system is among the most critical challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food ...

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The Unintended Consequences of Changes in Beverage Options and the Removal of Bottled Water on a University Campus Membership Required

  • University of Vermont (VT)

Objectives. We investigated how the removal of bottled water along with a minimum healthy beverage requirement affected the purchasing behavior, healthiness of beverage choices, and consumption of calories and added ...

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Interdisciplinary and Multilevel Approach to Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Education at North Carolina State University Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

There is an increasing demand for education in organic and sustainable agriculture from undergraduates, graduate students and extension agents. In this paper, we discuss highlights and evaluations of a multilevel ...

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Evaluation of the Food Store Environment on and Near the Campus of 15 Postsecondary Institutions Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)
  • Tuskegee University (AL)
  • Kansas State University (KS)
  • Purdue University (IN)
  • South Dakota State University (SD)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Central Office (NJ)
  • Syracuse University (NY)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI)
  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • West Virginia University (WV)
  • University of Maine (ME)

Purpose. This study evaluated the food stores on and near postsecondary campuses varying in institutional size.

Design. The design of the study is an environmental audit survey.

Setting. Fifteen U ...

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Menu Psychology to Encourage Healthy Menu Selections at a New Jersey University Membership Required

  • Montclair State University (NJ)

The objective of this research was to investigate whether merchandizing strategies could encourage college students to make healthy foodservice menu selections. Two hundred sixty-six Montclair State University, New Jersey, students ...

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Local foods in a university setting: Price consciousness, product involvement, price/quality inference and consumer's willingness-to-pay Membership Required

  • University of South Carolina (SC)

The current study looks at the relationship between price consciousness, product involvement, price/quality inference, and consumer's willingness-to-pay related to local foods in a university foodservice environment. The study ...

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Sustainable food systems at urban public universities: A survey of 21 universities Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Wayne State College (NE)

Urban communities are challenged by the conventional food system in diverse ways. To mitigate these challenges, a growing sustainable food system (SFS) movement mobilizes existing resources—including public institutions—to ...

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Applying Anthropology to the Campus Dining System: Reflections on Working with Community Food Assessments and the Real Food Challenge Membership Required

  • Oregon State University (OR)

When the Oregon Food Bank began conducting Community Food Assessments in 2009, they enlisted graduate students in Oregon State University's (OSU) applied anthropology program to examine the impact of ...

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Campus Sustainable Food Projects: Critique and Engagement Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)

Campus sustainable food projects recently have expanded rapidly. A review of four components—purchasing goals, academic programs, direct marketing, and experiential learning—shows both intent and capacity to contribute to ...

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Celebrating Earth Day One Bite at a Time Membership Required

  • Indiana State University (IN)

On Earth Day at ISU, Sodexo closes one of our dining halls and has an outdoor picnic instead, where students can use their meal plans for a lunch featuring ingredients ...

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Spring FARMal at American University Membership Required

  • American University (DC)

Spring FARMAL, Co-hosted by the AU Community Garden and Office of Sustainability, celebrated Earth Day with a screen on the green of "Plant This," outdoor crafts and activities, local food ...

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Stock Images for Waste Signs Membership Required

  • Babson College (MA)

Cut-out images with transparent backgrounds of various items for use in recycling, trash, and compost informational materials.

Images created by Connie Hsu and Sheen Hui for the Babson College Sustainability ...

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Shifting Diets for a Sustainable Food Future Membership Required

  • World Resources Institute (DC)

Installment 11 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future shows that for people who consume high amounts of meat and dairy, shifting to diets with a greater share of plant-based foods ...

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Food Scraps Composting on College/University Campuses: A Step-by-Step Guide Membership Required

  • FOR Solutions, LLC (NJ)

In "Food Scraps Composting on College/University Campuses: A Step-by-Step Guide", you will learn:

  • How to select the proper technology for composting on your campus.

  • How to implement that technology ...

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Food Scraps Composting Laboratory Membership Required

  • Kean University (NJ)

Kean University in New Jersey installed a rotary drum composter to process pre and postconsumer food waste from campus dining facilities.

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University food gardens: a unifying place for higher education sustainability Membership Required

  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (IL)

This research describes the key characteristics of campus food gardens and investigates their contribution to overall campus sustainability. An email-survey of 52 campus garden managers in North America provided quantitative ...

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Running a Campus Food Pantry: Student Government Toolkit

The Running a Campus Food Pantry toolkit explains how to create and manage a campus food pantry. As food insecurity becomes more common among college students, starting a food pantry ...

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The Merits of Fair Trade - Fair Trade Colleges & Universities Membership Required

  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Fair Trade Colleges & Universities presents: The Merits of Fair Trade.

Fair Trade is a market-based approach to alleviating poverty in ways that improve lives, empower communities, and protect the ...

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Sustainable Table Food Issues Resources Membership Required

  • GRACE Communications Foundation (NY)

This online resource provides in-depth information on topics relating to sustainable and industrial agriculture and food systems. Useful as a higher education teaching tool.

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The Meatrix Membership Required

  • GRACE Communications Foundation (NY)

The Meatrix films share the realities of factory farming. These short, animated videos are accompanied by a website that that includes supplementary interactive tools and resources, as well as tips ...

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Food, Ethics and Sustainability Discussion Activity Membership Required

  • Northwest Earth Institute (OR)

Active, personally relevant learning is at the heart of an effective education.

This activity takes participants through a process of exploring sustainability

through small group discussion and personal reflection designed ...

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Systematic Change Through Reciprocal Partnerships Membership Required

  • Connecticut College (CT)

The Office of Sustainability at Connecticut College has demonstrated its commitment to community change in its collaborative support for the New London County Food Policy Council (NLCFPC). The NLCFPC is ...

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North D Compost Pilot Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA)

After conducting a waste audit of the North Apartment Residential Complex in October of 2014, it was found that approximately 27% of the trash stream consisted of food waste and ...

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This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Benchmarking Data

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Programs and Initiatives

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Scores

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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

Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

Oakland, CA
Business Affiliate

FarmLogix, LLC

Evanston, IL
Business Affiliate

Java City

Sacramento, CA
Business Affiliate

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.

Tork, an Essity brand

Philadelphia, PA
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.

Vegware US

Warren, OH
Business Affiliate