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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Fast Food Waste Streams and Zero Waste Goals: Opportunities at the Interface of Town and Gown Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

Commercial districts near campuses often cater to students, offering fast and inexpensive food. Single use food service items, including containers, napkins, straws, yogurt and boba cups, bags and boxes, clog ...

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Northern Roots: Growing Food in the Western Lake Superior Region: A Participatory, Public Ethnography in Film Form Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (MN)

Planting and cultivation instructions: 1) Combined engaged students, hard-working farmers, a supportive university, dedicated nonprofit leaders and the fertile potential of participatory media. 2) Seed the ground with community coordination ...

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Seed Diversity and Locality: Using seed libraries to explore the importance of regional crop diversity in the past and future Membership Required

  • University of South Dakota (SD)

Since the Green Revolution, modern agriculture has shifted from a local to a more global industry. In order to provide food for the growing population, monocultures, or large swaths of ...

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Implementing a Sustainable Food Recycling/Repurposing Program on a Large Campus in the Southeast (SEC) Membership Required

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

At most universities food service operations abide by rules relating to shelf life. At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), the Food Recovery Network, and the Dining Service Company, Aramark ...

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Virginia Commonwealth University High-Output Learning Garden: Coordinating Resources and Partnerships to Relieve Food Insecurity Membership Required

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Food deserts are areas with limited access to healthy food options and are a major contributor to health issues and inequality in the United States. The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU ...

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NEXUS: Demonstration site for biomass greenhouse-heating systems to extend growing seasons for resource-limited farmers. Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Appalachian farmers struggle to maintain profitability with limited acreage, low profit margins, small markets and short growing seasons. To extend growing seasons, farmers dedicate some of their acreage to greenhouse ...

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Beyond the Dining Hall: furthering sustainability initiatives in dining services by involving student groups and classes Membership Required

  • Denison University (OH)

There are wonderful things happening with sustainability in the world of food and campus dining, but too often these initiatives stay within operations, never leaving the dining halls or involving ...

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Local Purchasing 101: we'll debunk the price myth, talk through other obstacles to local purchasing and how to overcome them Membership Required

  • Denison University (OH)

With every college trying to buy more and more local food these days, many are struggling with how to do this but still meet their budget. I'll explain how ...

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Campus Farm to Campus Table: Highlighting Local Foods and Student Work in a Campus Harvest Lunch Membership Required

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Beginning in 2013 and continuing in 2014, several dozen students, faculty, staff, and volunteers worked together to source a campus farm lunch at Johnson County Community College, a large, suburban ...

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No Impact Meal: A Guide to an Interactive Cooking Experience of Food Sustainability and Social Justice Membership Required

  • Loyola University Chicago (IL)

The case study focuses on the journey of the No Impact Meal from the narrative, 'No Impact Man,' to a First-Year Convocation Picnic, and ultimately an intimate, interactive food experience ...

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Rice University's Farmer's Market: a case study of a Farmer's Market at a private University Membership Required

  • Rice University (TX)

The Rice Farmer's Market was established in 2010 with the primary goal of making locally grown food available to as many consumers as possible, providing a growing marketplace for ...

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The UC Global Food Initiative; Leveraging University Research and Best Practices to Achieve Ambitious Global Goals Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)

In July 2014, UC President Janet Napolitano challenged the University of California system to leverage the innovative research and best practices that we have developed through our operations and curriculum ...

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The Real Food Campus Commitment; Student and Community Partnership at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

The Real Food Campus Commitment is a pledge for colleges and universities stating that they will buy at least 20% Real Food by 2020. Signing onto the commitment can be ...

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Cornercopia Student Organic Farm at The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Cornercopia is an organic farm that provides students hands-on whole farm learning opportunities, food for the local community and a place for community building, multi-disciplinary education, research and outreach. Started ...

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Student Farms and Gardens Meet-up Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Come meet Students, Staff and Faculty Members who work with Student Farms and Gardens at their Universities. We will exchange ideas about what's working, what's not and brain ...

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Custom Brewery Tour with Taste Twin Cities Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Join us for a fascinating behind the scenes insight into Minneapolis's local beers and what local breweries looks, sound and smells like. This tour is great for people visiting ...

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Urban Farming and Sustainable Agriculture Tour Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Participants will board a mini coach and names will be checked off tour registrant list before departing MCC. Enjoy an afternoon of eating, learning, and touring the fields at six ...

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Food Waste and Nutrition: Food Waste Auditing Combined with Vermicomposting for Applied Nutrition and Sustainability Education. Membership Required

  • University of Utah (UT)

Many Nutrition and Dietetic graduate students end up working in field such as Nutrition Therapy and Medical Nutrition Therapy where they are in hospital and/or care settings, working as ...

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The Seed of a Great Idea: Wells College Seed Exchange Program Membership Required

  • Wells College (NY)

The Wells College Center for Sustainability and the Environment fielded an intriguing inquiry from a campus librarian who wondered what the Center thought of the idea for the college Library ...

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Meeting Climate Action Plan goals through the introduction of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) at West Chester University Membership Required

  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania (PA)

West Chester University's President signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in October, 2010 and a Climate Action Plan (CAP) was written. One objective of CAP was ...

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The Gibbs Farm: A Permaculture Learning Lab Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The Gibbs Farm is a 2-acre historic homestead currently undergoing a landscape reimagining to create an engaging environment for students, staff, and the greater community. Students with diverse backgrounds and ...

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On-Campus Food Rescue: A Campus Kitchen Project at IUPUI Membership Required

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)

The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) is a national leader in community engagement and service through student-led initiatives to decrease waste in campus cafeterias. This is accomplished through food rescue and ...

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Tracking Sustainable Food Purchasing: Challenges and Opportunities Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Sodexo (FL)
  • Ecova (WA)

In 2007, Emory University set an aggressive goal to procure 75% of food products from locally or sustainability grown sources by 2015. As most institutions have found, tracking sustainable food ...

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Make a Difference that Lasts: End Campus Food Waste & Community Hunger Membership Required

  • Food Recovery Network (MD)

Looking for a way to make a long-term, big-picture impact on campus and in your community? Thinking ahead to graduation and worrying that the work you’re putting into sustainability ...

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Tips on Improving Student Engagement from Food Recovery Network Membership Required

  • Food Recovery Network (MD)

Food Recovery Network (FRN) unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus food from their campuses that would otherwise go to waste and ...

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Growing Skills for Ecological Engagement Membership Required

  • Lane Community College (OR)

The Learning Garden at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon serves as a living laboratory for students, staff, and the greater community in the fields of sustainable agriculture, experiential education ...

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Sustainability Across the Nutrition & Food Science Curriculum Membership Required

  • Georgia Southern University (GA)

In 2012, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics revised accreditation standards to require that concepts of sustainability be taught in all nutrition and dietetic education programs. However ...

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Scaling Up Local Food Sourcing: a Multi-Campus Farm to College Pilot Membership Required

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

Starting with the commitments from 12 State University of New York (SUNY) campuses to purchase tomato sauce ahead of the growing season, “SUNY Commits to Agriculture” launched a pilot to ...

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Standardizing Sustainability for Dining Services Membership Required

  • Green Seal (DC)

Dining Services have been included in STARS from the beginning, with a heavy focus on food in the current version 2.0. Life-cycle research conducted by Green Seal has determined ...

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Make a difference with a commitment to certified sustainable seafood Membership Required

  • Marine Stewardship Council (WA)

Higher Education is playing an increasingly important role in fostering sustainable practices, including food service and seafood. With increasing pressure on global fisheries to feed a growing population, the need ...

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Working Together To Fight Hunger and Waste Membership Required

  • Bon Appétit Management Company
  • Food Recovery Network (MD)

Every day students are asking more of the university around them and it can be difficult for dining service providers to know how to address requests. Whether it be for ...

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University Dining Services: Leaders in Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Using the University of Massachusetts as a case study, this presentation: • Discusses the unique and important role campus foodservice providers have in creating healthy and resilient regional food systems • Provides ...

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Food Systems Education: New Approaches for a Global Scope Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

The University of Minnesota-- Twin Cities is home to several innovative courses in food systems. Despite differences in mode and focus of instruction, a key commonality among these courses is ...

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Sowing Seeds: An academic-corporate collaboration to bring ‘real food’ to campus. Membership Required

  • Gonzaga University (WA)

Sowing Seeds: An academic-corporate collaboration to bring ‘real food’ to campus. Integrating sustainability into the academic curriculum can often present challenges to classroom instructors immersed in a traditional academic setting ...

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Food Systems Northwest: A collaborative traveling summer course Membership Required

  • University of Puget Sound (WA)
  • Willamette University (OR)

Around the country, scholars are beginning to recognize the centrality of food and agriculture in questions of sustainability, social justice, economic development, and international affairs (Poppendleck, 2000; Hinrichs 2003; Werkerle ...

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Using campus farms to engage students in experiential learning Membership Required

  • Linfield College (OR)
  • Linn-Benton Community College (OR)
  • Pacific University (OR)
  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Willamette University (OR)

Growing food on college campuses is deeply rooted in many institutions of higher learning. There are many reasons for engaging in food production at these institutions and these reasons change ...

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University Research in Support of Local Sustainable Food Systems Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

In this poster presentation, faculty researchers from Portland State University will share examples of meaningful partnerships with the local community and demonstrate the reciprocal relationship between research and practice. During ...

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Food Composting in the Real World Membership Required

  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

Since 2007, incremental successes have taken our campus food composting weights from 0 to 419 tons, increasing every year! The Pittsburgh region food composting initiative started with stakeholder food audits ...

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Local APPetite: Partnering with Rural Farms to Grow Our Economy Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

During the fall of 2013, Appalachian State University Food Services launched Local Appetite, a partnership that brought together farmers, community organizations and the university to grow our economy. Being self-operated ...

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Evolution of Zero Waste in a Retail Food Court Membership Required

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

The objective of UC Irvine’s Zero Waste Food Court Pilot Program is to expand practices from campus residential dining locations to Phoenix Food Court as a model for additional ...

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Food Bikes: Mobile Food That’s Low Capital, Low Footprint Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Food Bikery seeks to prove that food bikes are a safe, legal, low-capital, and low-footprint alternative to food trucks. In transitioning mobile food off of trucks and onto bicycles ...

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Personal Choices- Minimizing Food Waste in Cornell Dining Halls Membership Required

  • Cornell University (NY)

Although Cornell University composts leftover food, the Cornell Dining Sustainability Coordinators (SSCs) wanted students and staff to realized to problems with wasting food. Through an online survey, the SSCs found ...

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UA Compost Cats: Creating Community Partnerships to Address Local Food Security and Sustainability Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • City of Tucson (AZ)
  • San Xavier Co-op Farm (AZ)

Over 4 years of existence, the student-run, Compost Cats program at the University of Arizona has forged enduring community partnerships with San Xavier Co-op Farm of the Tohono O’odham ...

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The Cost of a Healthy Meal Membership Required

  • Santa Clara University (CA)

In our society, a lot has been said about the connection between the cost of food and the nutrition that it provides. This has been a topic for discussion in ...

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Reviving the Agora: Exploring Diverse Foodways through a Campus Farmers’ Market Membership Required

  • York University (ON)

Creating a sustainable food system and increasing healthy food access at York University’s Keele Campus is a campus community priority. In the last two years, Food Services launched a ...

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Know Watts Cooking - The Physics of Energy Efficient Cooking Course Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

In an effort to provide first year freshmen with an innovative, hands-on, conceptual science-based sustainable education experience, a new freshmen seminar class entitled “Know Watts Cooking – The Physics of Energy ...

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Food Waste Diversion and Evolution on Campus: Preparing for the Upcoming MA Organics Waste Ban Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

Boston University Dining Services began diverting food waste in 2008. This presentation will discuss the evolution of food waste diversion on campus as well as how we are preparing for ...

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Sustainable Marketing in University Food Service Operations Membership Required

  • Kennesaw State University (GA)

The briefing is structured around the traditional "4Ps" of marketing and explains how marketing mix decisions can and do influence environmental outcomes in the hospitality industry. The briefing emphasis will ...

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Building a community farming network with the KPU Lab Farm Membership Required

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (BC)

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Agriculture is a unique program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) that seeks to advance sustainable communities and food systems through integrated education, applied ...

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Campuses as Leaders and Partners in Comprehensive Food Systems Change Membership Required

  • Luther College (IA)

Too often efforts to enact changes to the food system are approached piecemeal with an excess focus on individual consumption. This presentation will present an alternative model of sustainable food ...

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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.

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Food & Dining Partners

Chartwells Higher Education

Rye Brook, NY
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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
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Creative Dining Services

Zeelend, MI
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Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

Oakland, CA
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FarmLogix, LLC

Evanston, IL
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Java City

Sacramento, CA
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Leonardo Academy

Madison, WI
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The Campus Kitchens Project

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

Tork, an Essity brand

Philadelphia, PA
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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
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