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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Compendium of Organics Recovery Programs at Colleges and Universities Membership Required

  • University of Louisville (KY)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The Center for Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Louisville in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 and select southeastern U.S. schools have ...

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Challenge the Label Membership Required

  • ISEAL Alliance

Sustainability claims have become widespread in the modern marketplace, and with it greenwashing has expanded. The practice of making empty, unfounded or exaggerated sustainability claims risks alienating buyers committed to ...

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Seasonal Food Guide Membership Required

  • GRACE Communications Foundation (NY)

Use our Seasonal Food Guide to learn when and where produce is at its peak: choose the state and time of year you’re interested in and click 'Go'. By ...

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Eat Well Guide Membership Required

  • GRACE Communications Foundation (NY)

Search over 25,000 hand-picked restaurants, farms, markets and other sources of local, sustainable food. Useful for college and university dining services, students, employees and community members.

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BuyingPoultry Membership Required

  • Farm Forward (OR)

BuyingPoultry is a free independent buying guide that cuts through labels and marketing claims and makes it easy to find the highest-welfare products near you.

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Food Recovery Verified

  • Food Recovery Network (MD)

Food Recovery Verified (FRV) is a program of Food Recovery Network that recognizes institutions, businesses and events for sending their surplus food to people, not landfills.

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Food Recovery Challenge

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

As part of EPA's Food Recovery Challenge, organizations pledge to improve their sustainable food management practices and report their results. The FRC is part of EPA's Sustainable Materials ...

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Food Recovery Hierarchy Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The Food Recovery Hierarchy prioritizes actions organizations can take to prevent and divert wasted food. Each tier of the Food Recovery Hierarchy focuses on different management strategies for your wasted ...

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Real Food Calculator

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

The Real Food Calculator is a tool for tracking institutional purchasing over time. College and University students use the Real Food Calculator as a platform for discussion and action with ...

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Michigan State University Sustainable Food Procurement Guide Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

This guide will clarify to existing and potential new supply chain partners what is important

to MSU as we strive to make increasingly responsible choices in food service sourcing, and ...

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Composting Inside of a Greenhouse: Exploring the Benefits of an Integrated Composting/Growing Operation. Membership Required

  • Green Mountain Technologies (WA)

Gustavus Adolphus College has created a unique and innovative model for integrating a commercial composting operation into a growing operation. Gustavus has installed an Earth Flow composting system from Green ...

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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 17th Avenue Residence Hall and Dining Center Gray Water System Membership Required

  • TKDA (MN)

The Architect-of Record and Lead Mechanical Engineer will present an overview of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities's 17th Avenue Residence Hall and Dining Center's gray water system ...

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Stopping Food Waste at the Source: Source Reduction Strategies for Dining Services Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

UC Irvine aims not only to divert waste from landfill through recycling and composting but to minimize waste generated. This objective supports an overall goal of Zero Waste campus-wide by ...

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Go Fish: the New Rules of Sustainable Seafood in College Foodservice Membership Required

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium (CA)

Whether wild or farmed, marine conservation is driven by which fish we choose to eat. And, in North America, more than 2/3 of meals with fish and seafood are ...

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Educating About Feeding the World Sustainably: Agroecosystems of the World Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

This panel discussion will (virtually) bring together instructors collaborating on a course offered at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities titled 'Agroecosystems of the World.' The course evaluates agroecosystems in ...

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Wandering Out of the [Food] Desert: a Campus/Community Farmers Market Collaboration Membership Required

  • Wells College (NY)

One of the surprising things discovered by the new Center for Sustainability and the Environment at Wells College was that – despite the college's location within an upstate New York ...

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Collective Impact: Results from a Multi-Campus Farm to College Pilot Program Membership Required

  • University at Albany (NY)
  • State University of New York at New Paltz (NY)
  • State University of New York at Oswego (NY)

This initiative involved four state colleges working with a statewide partnership of agricultural, public health and economic development interests who are working with food service providers on these campuses. The ...

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Urban Farming: A Community Engaged Program Membership Required

  • Delta College (MI)

As we sought a source for our campus food waste, we realized the impetus for a new learning series. Delta College was a natural fit for a start-up food hub ...

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Food Reliability + Urban Resilience = Innovative Living Lab at Mountain View College Membership Required

  • Mountain View College - DCCCD (TX)

The Living Labs at Mountain View College is an innovative model for conservation, sustainability and nutrition education where both students and the community engage in hands-on practices and field research ...

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Spearfish Local: Improving Community Health Through Collaboration Membership Required

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills State University (BHSU) and community partners are seeking to create a culture that supports and values our local food economy and other aspects of healthy communities. Located in ...

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Incorporating Life Cycle Analysis into Campus Dining Membership Required

  • University of Missouri (MO)

The environmental impacts associated with food production have been well-documented through Life cycle analyses (LCA). LCA of food products have focused largely on individual food items. However, very little work ...

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Transforming the WKU Office of Sustainability's Front Yard into an Edible Landscape Membership Required

  • Western Kentucky University (KY)

The Western Kentucky University (WKU) Office of Sustainability, located in a University-owned residential property, seeks to demonstrate sustainability best practices for current and future homeowners. Since May 2014, the office ...

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The UAlbany Heritage Garden: An Educational Tool for the Whole Campus Membership Required

  • University at Albany (NY)

In fall 2013, a task force of students, staff and faculty began developing a plan to institute a campus heritage garden. With the understanding that many student garden projects fall ...

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Reclaiming Urbanity with Permaculture: The First Years of a Food Forest Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

Food forests use sustainable methods to garden within a closed-loop system. PSU students started a community orchard in 2011 with a plot of vacant land, 21 fruit tree varieties and ...

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A Multiple Methods Approach to Exploring Conservation Decision Making on the Farm: From Theory to Application Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • University of Minnesota System Office (MN)

Balancing agricultural production and water resource protection is a major challenge across the U.S. In Minnesota, where both water and agriculture are fundamental to the state's heritage, modern ...

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Open-Ended Cases for Improving Farm Sustainability Membership Required

  • Dordt College (IA)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The method of open-ended cases is an ideal format for students when they are analyzing the sustainability of a farm. Students learn about several of methods used for analyzing an ...

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The Food Recovery Network on college campuses: How to reduce food waste while addressing hunger within the local community Membership Required

  • Carleton College (MN)

Today, 1 in 9 Minnesotans struggles with hunger. In Rice County alone, there are 1.14 million missed meals per year. But despite high rates of food insecurity throughout the ...

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Real Voice: Campus Food Systems Working Groups & Policy Development Membership Required

  • Gonzaga University (WA)
  • University of Montana (MT)
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Pioneering universities across the country are assembling Food Systems Working Groups to guide comprehensive university food policy development. Unlike many executive committees and university task forces, these multi-stakeholder groups include ...

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Fighting Food Waste on College Campuses Membership Required

  • Bon Appétit Management Company
  • Food Recovery Network (MD)
  • Compass Group (NC)

Food waste is a problem on many fronts. About 40% of the available food supply in the United States is thrown away each year. When we waste food, we waste ...

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Uncomfortable Dinner Parties and Farmer Photo Booths: Interactive Session on Discovering and Sharing Campus Food Sustainability Membership Required

  • Hamline University (MN)
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

This session offers a chance to practice exercises from a toolkit archive developed with Aramark at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to support campus food sustainability discussions. Engaging participants ...

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The Uncomfortable Dinner Party: Bridging Local, Regional and Global Perspectives around Sustainable Food Systems Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Tour Meeting Time: 5:45 PM Tour Meeting Location: 1st floor lobby, located right by the Visitor Information desk and Dunn Coffee. Tour Departure: 6:00 PM Tour End/Return ...

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Real Food, Real Communities: Mobilizing Students, Community Members and Staff to reform College Food Procurement Policies Membership Required

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Bon Appétit Management Company

Where our food comes from and how it is produced is question that is becoming extremely important to students and administrators alike. Carleton College has demonstrated a commitment to answering ...

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STARS Sourcing, Data Collection and Reporting Technology Solutions and Tools Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)
  • FarmLogix, LLC (IL)

The panel would represent several Aramark universities' (Boston University, American University, Loyola University for example) uses of online aggregation technology to both source locally grown and produced foods, and to ...

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Sustainability Engagement through Dining Partnerships and Programming Membership Required

  • Florida Gulf Coast University (FL)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Want to get more people engaged in the sustainability conversation on your campus? Let's face it, food connects us all and everyone needs to eat. Your campus dining partner ...

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The Real Food Challenge: Empowering Students, Creating Just, Local Food Systems Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Campus food service is a $18 billion dollar industry that spends $5 billion on food annually. This food is largely sourced from unsustainable sources due to the complex supplies chains ...

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The Real Food Calculator: Real Metrics, Transparency, & Accountability for Tracking Sustainable Food Procurement Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

What is just or sustainable food? How do we thoroughly and appropriately assess it in our cafeterias? Dig into the complexities of labels, certifications, and standards for 'real food' as ...

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Food Tracking: Identifying Problems and Solutions to Reach the Most Accurate Report for Your Campus Membership Required

  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)
  • Chartwells Higher Education (NY)

This session will assist university students and staff working on tracking sustainability progress in dining. Many universities currently use multiple tracking tools and processes to synthesize data for STARS, and ...

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Campus Agriculture Networking Meeting: Identifying the Future of Campus Grown Food Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)
  • Ursinus College (PA)

Campus agriculture initiatives are rapidly becoming a ubiquitous part of campus life around the country. In the last fifteen years agricultural education, in the form of campus gardens and farms ...

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OZZI & Reusable To-Go Containers: Reducing Waste & Saving Money Membership Required

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • Virginia Tech (VA)

This interactive and engaging session will highlight a new system of collecting reusable to- go containers via a machine called, OZZI. Panelists from diverse higher education institutions, student populations and ...

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Food Matters: Growing a Sustainable Food Culture in America's Heartland Membership Required

  • University of Northern Iowa (IA)

The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a leader in developing a sustainable food culture. In the mid 1990's, the Local Food Program emerged. Since then, collaboration between different ...

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Discovery and Development of a Long Range Compost Plan to Support Zero Waste Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian State University began an in-house composting program on campus in 1999, and built a state-of-the-art aerated facility to expand composting opportunities, which opened in October 2011. At AASHE 2014 ...

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Aramark Supporting Arizona State University's Commitment to Zero Waste through Operations and Educational Outreach Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Monitoring the waste stream by minimizing our environmental footprint by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste. Supporting closed loop waste management processes and committing to innovative practices to reach an absolute ...

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Engaging Students in Food Waste Reduction - Aramark, UNC-Chapel Hill & Feeding The 5,000 Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

A review & discussion of the genesis, planning & execution of an innovative food waste reduction event conducted by Aramark at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In partnership with ...

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Growing With Faith: Community Gardening in a Jesuit Context Membership Required

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

Under the umbrella of our Jesuit university's mission, which encourages a faith that does justice and service, we have engaged in new sustainability initiatives. One of these is the ...

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Building School-to-Farm Traffic: Small-farm Infrastructure as Sustainable Technology Design Membership Required

  • Lafayette College (PA)

Farm-to-school projects have flourished in recent years. By aggregating and delivering food from local sources to regional institutions (like schools), they help rebuild the missing middle between producers and consumers ...

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Waste Reduction Strategies and Building Community Through Food Donations Membership Required

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

NAU Campus Dining uses several strategies to reduce food waste; tracking with LeanPath, composting, staff training and cooking techniques. The University received an Award of Recognition from the EPA's ...

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Growing Food Security in Higher Education Institutions Membership Required

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Food insecurity is the incapacity to access a variety of different and preferred foods due to a lack of resources, according to the Household Food Insecurity Access Scale. The Growing ...

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Bee Campus USA as a Model for Pollinator-Friendly Campuses Membership Required

  • Southern Oregon University (OR)

After our university's hometown of Ashland, Oregon and the neighboring city Talent became members of Bee City USA, a designation given through the Bee City USA non-profit based in ...

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Food Recovery, Food Security, & Organics Recycling: Solutions and Best Practices for Environmental and Financial Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Food recovery, dining waste reduction, and organics recycling (composting or anaerobic digestion) projects often go hand in hand at institutions of higher education, and all of these efforts require widespread ...

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Caloric Output of Global Agriculture 1961-2012 Membership Required

  • University of Arkansas (AR)

It is conventionally suggested that world food production must double to feed world population by mid-century. To evaluate this claim, an inventory of global agricultural production from 1961 to 2012 ...

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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

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

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

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