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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Growing An Integrated Urban Farm, Modular and Mobile Membership Required

  • Xavier University (OH)

With space constraints, a Master Plan that is a "moving target," and limited funds, Xavier University undertook to build a farm on-campus. The design choices at every step of the ...

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Feed The Beast: Organic Waste Collection in a Campus Food Court Membership Required

  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (WI)

To gauge the feasibility of organic waste separation in a public setting, we studied the effect of introducing new waste receptacles into a student union food court. The public education ...

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Evaluating an On-Campus Farmers Market Membership Required

  • Berklee College of Music (MA)

You can change all the light bulbs that you want, but no one will notice except to complain about the fluorescents. On the other hand, a farmers market is a ...

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Permaculture Gardens at UMass Amherst: A Case Study of Sustainable Edible Landscaping Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

Over 1000 different individuals have been involved in planting over 1500 fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes, flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs and perennial vegetables on the UMass Amherst campus ...

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Sustainable Food Systems: From the Classroom to the Field Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Sustainable food system courses are uniquely situated to incorporate traditional, liberal-arts pedagogies and soft skills, with innovative experiential teaching techniques that engage students in different ways than traditional methods. The ...

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Campus Farmers' Market: An Innovative Partnership Approach to Building Consensus and Gaining Approval Membership Required

  • Purdue University (IN)

A successful farmers' market on campus provides access to local, healthy food, connects the campus to the local community and the regional landscape, and teaches students about where their food ...

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Engaging Fellow Students in the Less Glamorous Components of Campus Sustainability Work: University of Michigan Campus Farm Implementation Case Study Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

When students at the University of Michigan are asked if they would like to help start a campus farm that will grow sustainable food for the University, they oftentimes get ...

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Our Campus as a Living Lab Program: Moving towards a Utopian Sustainable Food System Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

In this interactive session we will describe how our 11 year old Campus as a Living Lab program has contributed to food system transformation on campus. This community-based action-research project ...

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Students and Food Security in the North: UNBC's Dome Greenhouse Membership Required

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

Northern climates present major food security challenges, but students at the University of Northern British Columbia are eager to overcome these barriers in creative and effective ways. UNBC, "Canada's ...

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Measuring and Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Campus Dining Using the CHEFS Tool Membership Required

  • Delta College (MI)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

The movement and level of sophistication surrounding sustainable dining is growing, yet few institutions have as yet been able to measure their total "baseline" climate change impacts from dining services ...

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Catering services sustainable standards Membership Required

  • Campus Responsables

The focus will be on the new sustainable catering assessment framework developed by Campus Responsables and implemented in several pilot schools and universities. The objective of this food management tool ...

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Bringing Farmworker Awareness to the Sustainable Food Table at PSU Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

This presentation will highlight the work of three students who brought the national Farmworker Awareness Week campaign to Portland State University. The groups' primary goal was to educate students on ...

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Foam-Free Dining at the University of Florida Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Gator Dining Services/ARAMARK removed all foam food packaging from all dining location, including the dining halls, Classic Fare Catering, and the national brands on University of Florida's campus ...

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Give Us Your Scraps! How You Can Make a Significant Sustainable Impact Through Campus Composting Membership Required

  • University at Buffalo (NY)

Two years ago our institution, preceded by innovation in trayless dining practices and reverse vending machines-initiated an aggressive composting strategy designed to greatly reduce food waste from our dining halls ...

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Creating a Successful Reusable Mug Incentive Program for a Large Campus Community Membership Required

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Food service operations generate a substantial portion of the waste stream at most universities. The University Recycling Department and Dining Service Company have partnered over the years to combat waste ...

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The Role of Food Service Workers in Campus Sustainability Programs Membership Required

  • Occidental College (CA)
  • UNITE HERE (DC)

Higher education institutions are at the forefront of a movement to reform the food system by promoting sustainable practices at campus cafeterias and dining services.

Yet the central role of ...

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Sustainable Impact: The Challenges of Creating Interdisciplinary Courses on Food, Food Systems, and Food Justice to Empower Students to Action Membership Required

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

When looking to de-silo the often-segregated, triple-bottom line of sustainability, food seems the ideal course subject to broaden understanding. The class was formulated with a three-tiered structure - where our food ...

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Campus Collaboration toward Sustainable Food Service Membership Required

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Ithaca College (NY)
  • Pomona College (CA)

Sustainability in Food Service is a fairly new topic in higher education and it is being addressed in a variety of ways. Dining Services consumes large quantities of campus energy ...

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Hungry While Learning: Sustainability and Student Food Security Membership Required

  • Bridgewater State University (MA)
  • Salish Kootenai College (MT)
  • Presidio Graduate School (CA)

We've all known hungry students who are lurking on the edges of campus buffets and loading up on one daily meal to get the most out of discounted meal ...

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A Sustainable, Student-Run, and Delicious Cooperative at Your Campus Membership Required

  • CoFED (NM)

Three times a day we choose put something in our bodies that is sustainable or unsustainable. Every student that comes into your school comes open to new ideas and experiences ...

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CoFED: Student Leadership Through Cooperative, Sustainable Food Enterprises Membership Required

  • CoFED (NM)

Empowered student leadership is the most critical tool to catalyze a culture of sustainability on your campus. Imagine your most active student leaders being able to engage any student that ...

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In-Vessel Composting - From Farm to Kitchen to Compost, and Back to Farm Membership Required

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Space on any campus is limited especially when you mention you want to compost food. In-vessel composting is a viable way to compost all your food while keeping odor under ...

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Eat Here Now: Imagining a Community of Very Very Local Food Membership Required

  • NewSchool of Architecture and Design (CA)

There are a number of obstacles that hinder the development of urban agriculture, with land ownership, lack of available public funding, and competing demands on limited open space most often ...

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Carbon Valuing Menus...Creating Sustainable Behavioral Change in a Campus Community Membership Required

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

One of Northern Arizona University's newest additions to campus dining is the Green Scene Café opened in Fall 2011. Take a look at how the café's carbon valued ...

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Food Fight: EPA's Food Recovery Challenge Strives to Reduce Food Waste Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

Food is the number one material reaching landfills and accounts for 13% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. In order to decrease the significant environmental impact of food ...

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Harvesting Mesquite Flour at the University of Arizona: A Case Study in Local Innovative Food Production Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)

This talk presents first year results and plans for a student-run campus harvest of mesquite flour at the University of Arizona. Endemic to the Southwestern U.S., Texas and Mexico ...

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Scaling up Campus Vermicomposting: A Cost Effective Methodology for Dealing with Pre-Consumer Organics Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

A large institution produces thousands of tonnes of solid waste annually, a large portion of which is taken to the municipal landfill. With increasing land values and rising fuel prices ...

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A Case Study of the Campus-wide Dining Waste Audit at West Virginia Membership Required

  • West Virginia University at Parkersburg (WV)
  • West Virginia University (WV)

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, less than three percent of the 34 million tons of food waste generated was recovered or recycled in 2010. Food waste now ...

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Sustainable Food in Your Campus Community Membership Required

  • CoFED (NM)

The session will be focused on sharing experiences of our different campus food services and food options, and sharing the work CoFed have been engaged in to make change. The ...

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Creating Sustainable Dining Options: Barriers and Hopeful Solutions for Feeding Hungry Students Membership Required

  • College of Charleston (SC)

The presenters share their experience with analyzing the College of Charleston's (SC) current student dining options. Currently there is minimal institutional and contractural support for sustainable dining options, such ...

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Building More Sustainable Communities Through Agriculture Integration Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

As citizens learn more about where their food comes from, and college students look to integrate themselves into their community there is a great potential for various campus groups to ...

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The Role of Dining Services in Sustainability Programming Membership Required

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Ithaca College and their food service provider, Sodexo Corporation, have worked together since 2009 to give continued support to the campuses Climate Action Plan through a Comprehensive Energy Initiative. Staffers ...

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Suburban Composting at Johnson County Community College: Looking at the First Year of Operations. Membership Required

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

The process of composting food residuals from dining service operations has been gaining in popularity at college campuses across the country in recent years. While an estimated 12% of the ...

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Researching Two On-site Food Waste Reduction Technologies at an Urban University Membership Required

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

This presentation will discuss two research projects conducted at Loyola Marymount University on the effectiveness of on-site food waste reduction technologies. The first study analyzed a food waste dehydration system ...

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Developing Food Purchasing Guidelines Membership Required

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will outline the process and outcome of developing food purchasing guidelines for Luther's goal to source more food from sustainable sources. In 2008 Luther College made the ...

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Growing Awareness: Moving Maine, Moving Planet Membership Required

  • Unity College (ME)

This short film explores the connections between local agriculture and climate change solutions. Produced by Unity College students, the documentary follows locally grown pumpkins through last year's 350.org ...

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Campus Compost Initative Membership Required

  • University of California, Riverside (CA)

Correct post-consumer waste placement is often overlooked in many sustainable, waste diversion efforts undertaken by Universities. It is usually harder to collect because it is up to the person throwing ...

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Animal Free Dining: The University of North Texas' Success with an All Vegan Dining Hall Membership Required

  • University of North Texas (TX)

The presentation will focus on the essential tools needed to integrate animal free diet options into campus dining services. Topics will include partnerships between dining services and sustainability programs, the ...

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Engaging Students in Sustainable Food Procurement: The Real Food Calculator at the University of Washington Membership Required

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The Real Food Challenge approaches student engagement in food systems work reform in various ways, one of which is an in-depth student research tool called the Real Food Calculator. It ...

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Toward Zero Waste: An Initiative for the Student Union Membership Required

  • Boston University (MA)

Campus dining is an intimate part of student life at any university, with the potential to have a major impact on culture. Learn how Dining Services can align with the ...

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Community Garden Connections: strengthening resilience through university-community partnerships Membership Required

  • Antioch University, New England (NH)

Our city identified food security as a priority issue given likely disruptions in the commercial food supply due to climate change and peak oil, in addition to food insecurity (hunger ...

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Fostering a Local Food Procurement System: UVa Dining's Relationship with the Local Food Hub Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Interest in local and sustainably produced food is at an all-time high on college campuses, as illustrated by the rising number of campus gardens and courses on local foodsheds. The ...

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On-Campus Food Scraps Composting: Sustainability in Practice Membership Required

  • Kean University (NJ)

It has been suggested that "harvesting food waste as a reusable resource is the next frontier in recycling."" This presentation will highlight the steps involved in creating a highly successful ...

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Meatless Monday at Johns Hopkins University Membership Required

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Meatless Monday is a program that JHU Dining launched in November 2010. The national Meatless Monday campaign was launched in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health ...

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How can a college or university integrate sustainable and environmental friendly practices into their dining service program? Membership Required

  • Marist College (NY)

As the movement for sustainable and healthy foods spreads across the United States and throughout the world, our campus food service operations are directly impacted. This program provides inspiration and ...

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Partnership and Collaboration: Establishing a farmers market program on a university campus Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

The campus farmers market is in its second year. Success has been largely due to cross-departmental cooperation as well as partnerships with third-party market association vendors and University dining services ...

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Campus Greenhouse Provides Local Food and Research on Vegetable Production in Cold Climates Membership Required

  • Clarkson University (NY)

A student team designed and built a 450 sq. ft. pilot greenhouse to test the feasibility of maximizing produce yields while minimizing energy requirements for local food production in cold ...

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Engaged Scholarship for Sustainability: University of New Hampshire's Initiative to Facilitate Regional Food System Collaboration Membership Required

  • University of New Hampshire (NH)

Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is an example of a university-based effort to advance regional food system sustainability through collaboration using an engaged scholarship model. Engaged scholarship promotes mutually beneficial ...

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CoFed: Student-Run Sustainable Food Centers Membership Required

  • CoFED (NM)

Everyday, every student has three opportunities to create an identity as a passive consumer or as a participant in a sustainable alternatives. Creating a student-managed food business focused on sustainability ...

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Student-led dining efficiency projects yield sizzling savings Membership Required

  • Alliance to Save Energy (CA)

University student groups collaborated with dining services to achieve substantial savings through a multi-faceted project approach. Students launched a "de-lighted dining" campaign to have eating areas lit only by daylight ...

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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
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