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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Moving Millennials: Engaging youth with food and agriculture policy Membership Required

  • Bard College (NY)

The sweeping environmental policies instituted in America during the 1970s were due in large part to the activism of students and youth. The Millennial generation, born between 1982 and 2000 ...

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CHEFS: Estimating Life Cycle GHG Emissions from Campus Dining Services and Contributing to Vital Research Membership Required

  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Clean Air-Cool Planet created CHEFS, or Charting Emissions from Food Services, to help institutions estimate emissions from the entire life cycle of food they serve, from farm to campus. CHEFS ...

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College of Menominee Nation Campus Grind Coffee Shop: A Case Study in Indigenous Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Membership Required

  • College of Menominee Nation (WI)

The Campus Grind Coffee Shop, located at the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) on the Menominee Reservation, is an indigenous business created by two student organizations at CMN: Strategies for ...

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College Dining Services uses Intern Program to Achieve Sustainability Goals Membership Required

  • College of William & Mary (VA)

The College has made great strides in sustainability in a very short amount of time. Just three years ago, the College had no formal recycling program and sustainability was a ...

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Student Involvement & Institutional Food Systems Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

A closer look at how students get involved on campus to implement change within their institutionalized food system. Students interested in providing their campus community with more "good food""- local ...

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Designing An Edible Campus: Using the Charrette Framework to Create a Campus-Wide Initiative Membership Required

  • Indiana University Bloomington (IN)

During the spring of 2011, a three part design series entitled, "Designing An Edible Campus" was conducted using the framework outlined by the National Charrette Institute. Most commonly, a charrette ...

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Implementation of Student Driven Sustainability Initiatives: Ithaca Dining Services Membership Required

  • Ithaca College (NY)

How to put into practice initiatives that conserve natural resources, are economically friendly, that mirror a college's commitment to sustainability. Beginning in 2008, we have established numerous sustainability proposals ...

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Industrial Scale Composting at James Madison University Membership Required

  • James Madison University (VA)

This project aims to provide James Madison University (JMU) with a sustainable means of recycling food waste generated at the dining facilities on-campus. To this end, an aerobic composting reactor ...

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Beyond Local: Food Purchasing Criteria, Student Farm Audits and the Veg Yourself Pledge Membership Required

  • Luther College (IA)

Food purchasers have ever more considerations to keep in mind when making buying decisions. Which criteria are the most important? At some point it becomes important to define our goals ...

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Growing Veggies in Central Campus: Edible Landscaping at Luther College Membership Required

  • Luther College (IA)

Discover how a campus with high aesthetic standards can incorporate vegetable production into the landscape of central campus. Edible landscaping can take many forms including raised beds near residence halls ...

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Seafood Sustainablility on Campus: Making it a Reality Membership Required

  • Marine Stewardship Council (WA)

The sustainability of the world's seafood supply has become an issue of heightened public awareness, and for good reason. Reports of depleted fish stocks dominate the media. Decades of ...

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Partnerships in Food Waste Reduction at Michigan State University- Academics and Operations Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

At Michigan State University, Being Green is what we do. The total campus population includes over 45,000 students, with approximately 17,000 living on campus with the Division of ...

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The importance of food waste recycling on campus Membership Required

  • North American Trading House, LLC (NY)

Greening campuses through energy saving, implementing water efficiency and recycling is having a positive impact on our environment. When greening a campus there is one area that is regularly overlooked ...

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Eating our way to Carbon Neutral Membership Required

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

At Northern Arizona University, Campus Dinning and the Office of Sustainability are teaming up with students, faculty, and staff to create a culture of food sustainability engrained into our curriculum ...

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Plant to Plate: A model for student-run urban gardens Membership Required

  • Plant To Plate

Plant to Plate was born during the Fall of 2009, when two undergraduate students recognized a need for a hands-on means to educate students on local food systems and sustainability ...

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Developing and Sustaining Edible Urban Landscapes Membership Required

  • Randolph College (VA)

Edible landscaping integrates species that produce edible roots, stems, flowers, leaves, fruits, or vegetables into human-made landscapes. Reintroducing edible cultivars into urban and suburban landscapes represents a strategy for promoting ...

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Soil Analysis for Sustainable Edible Urban Landscaping Membership Required

  • Randolph College (VA)

"Sustainability" is a means of configuring civilization and human activity so that society and its members are able to meet their needs and express their greatest potential in the present ...

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Honey Bees: Pollinators as a Case Study in Sustainability-An Undergraduate Course Membership Required

  • Southern Connecticut State University (CT)

Over 70% of the worlds flowering plants require a living organism for pollination. Many of these plants include the fruits, vegetables and grains humans consume, as well as feed for ...

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The Economic and Environmental Benefits of Campus Scale Biodiesel Production Membership Required

  • Springboard Biodiesel (CA)

As the leading manufacturer of small scale biodiesel processors in a growing industry, Springboard Biodiesel has helped to install more than 6 mm gallons of annual biodiesel production capacity spread ...

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Leasing Land to Farmers to Support Sustainability Membership Required

  • St. Paul's School (NH)

For land-rich institutions, leasing parcels of land to local farmers can support all facets of sustainability. Small farms gain acreage, enhancing the local food system; dining halls get direct access ...

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EPA Expands its Sustainable Food Management Initiatives with Higher Education Institutions Membership Required

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency through its national sustainable food management initiative, is expanding their outreach and support programs to colleges and universities throughout the country. The Agency is ...

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From Presidents' Climate Commitment to the Real Food Challenge: Bringing Sustainable Food to Your Campus Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

Struggling to develop a sustainable food procurement policy at your school? Looking to engage students in sustainability measures on campus?

By uniting students across the country, the Real Food Challenge ...

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Students Recognizing Excellence in Campus Food Service: the Real Food Calculator and Awards Membership Required

  • University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)

College food gets a bad rap. But there's also a lot to celebrate.

The Real Food Awards honor the people who produce, prepare, organize around, and coordinate campus food ...

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Partnerships for Food Systems Change Membership Required

  • University of Florida (FL)

This presentation would include several examples of what we have accomplished at UF regarding food systems change at various scales and with varoious partners, and engage the audience in a ...

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Creating Sustainable Urban Infrastructure One Seed at a Time Membership Required

  • University of Louisville (KY)

Rationale: Many students and universities are interested in the integration of sustainable systems but don't have a means to empower students, faculty and the wider community to take an ...

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The 'University Farmers' Market': Promoting Holistic Sustainability Through Community Partnerships at the University of Northern BC Membership Required

  • University of Northern British Columbia (BC)

As one of the largest energy-consuming and emissions-producing sectors in the world, industrial food production is a significant contributor to climate change and other forms of environmental degradation (e.g ...

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Successful Composting-University of Tennessee-A Collaborative Compost Partnership-ARAMARK Volunteer Dining Membership Required

  • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

The food service industry produces large amounts of food during daily production. Although food service businesses strive to create minimal amounts of waste, items such as lemon peels, apple cores ...

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Integrating Food System Expertise into the Nutrition Professional's Curriculum Membership Required

  • University of Vermont (VT)

The global volatility of food supply and prices; risky dependence on large scale monoculture of staple grains; inequitable food distribution and access with related social justice issues; and difficulty tracing ...

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Moving Beyond Carbon: A Nitrogen Footprint Model for the University of Virginia Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

The human creation of reactive nitrogen by food and energy production has profound beneficial and detrimental impacts on people and the environment. Agricultural uses, including both food production and consumption ...

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EcoMug™ History and Continued Program Evaluation Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

The EcoMug™ program began in 2009. It is, as far as we know, an unprecedented waste reduction initiative. During the first few weeks of school, each incoming student is given ...

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The Campus Beet: A Student-Led Sustainable Café Initiative Membership Required

  • Western Michigan University (MI)

Riding a surge of support for fresh, delicious, sustainable food on campus, The Campus Beet is an example of true cross-campus collaboration. Starting as the vision of a single student ...

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Taste Education: Sustainability through the Senses Membership Required

  • Williams College (MA)

Food sustainability is only possible with knowledge: the knowledge of those who bring food to the table and the knowledge of those who eat it and how. Understanding more about ...

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Installing an Organic Garden on Campus Membership Required

  • LaGrange College (GA)

Beginning an organic garden on a college campus poses more challenges than one initially assumes, as the community of LaGrange College quickly learned; issues that arose included administration buy-in, construction ...

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Sharing a Passion and Connecting Students to Sustainability Experiences Membership Required

  • Saint Louis University (MO)

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics exemplifies what it takes to launch a sustainability program by tapping into a passion. Its undergraduate dietetics program was added to the existing dietetic ...

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Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Aligning U.Va. Dining's Nutrition and Sustainability Efforts Membership Required

  • University of Virginia (VA)

Since the advent of U.Va. Dining Service's Green Dining Campaign in 2006, food, environment, and health have all been linked to ongoing conservation efforts. The group's formal ...

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Implementing and Studying an Innovative University Food Waste Reduction Program Membership Required

  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)

This session will describe the processes of planning, implementing, and studying an innovative food waste reduction program at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). With the challenges of limited space and the ...

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The Forgotten Art: Art Toxins and Safety Membership Required

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (MN)

Dining plays a central role in campus life, as has been reflected in a plethora of recent dining-related initiatives—from trayless cafeterias to composting to community gardens on campus. A ...

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NACUFS Sustainability Guide - Sustainable Solutions in Collegiate Foodservice Operations Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • University of Maryland, College Park (MD)
  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)
  • Envision Strategies (CO)
  • Ricca Newmark Design

On most campuses, Dining Services is the team relied upon to just get it done - somehow, some way... This often holds true for moving forward with green initiatives too - even ...

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Campus Organic Gardens On the Rise Membership Required

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Fort Lewis College (CO)
  • Saint Michael's College (VT)

Program organizers from several different colleges plan to lead an interactive discussion on different approaches to community and organic gardening on college campuses. Campus gardens are known for being one ...

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CHEFS: Advancing the Carbon Footprinting of Food in North America Membership Required

  • New York University (NY)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)
  • Clean Air-Cool Planet (NH)

Dining plays a central role in campus life, as has been reflected in a plethora of recent dining-related initiatives—from trayless cafeterias to composting to community gardens on campus. A ...

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Measuring Sustainable Dining with the Real Food Challenge Calculator Membership Required

  • Eastern Washington University (WA)
  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

There's no question that determining the sustainability of a college dining hall-and other foodservice operations-is difficult. Between dealing with confusing and often competing claims about food sustainability to actually ...

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Lunch Ladies and LEED: Dining Facilities in Sustainable Design - A Case Study of Fort Lewis College's Student Union Center Membership Required

  • Fort Lewis College (CO)
  • Ricca Newmark Design

Dining facilities demand excessive energy, are water intensive and produce much waste, complicating design, construction and operational program requirements when creating a sustainable building. At Fort Lewis College in Durango ...

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Local Organic on Campus: Commitment, Education, Outreach Membership Required

  • Western State Colorado University (CO)

The Sustainability Coalition, a student group at Western State College of Colorado (WSC), is committed to promoting local organic agriculture both on campus and in the greater community of Gunnison ...

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Feeding Innovation in Sustainability: Ithaca's Comprehensive Dining Energy Plan Membership Required

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Sodexo's Facility Management team approached Ithaca College with a proposal to conduct a comprehensive energy audit of all food service facilities on campus (3 board dining halls, 1 food ...

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Catalyzing Just and Sustainable Food Systems in Complex Institutions Membership Required

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

In this interactive session we will describe how our program, UBC SEEDS, acts as a catalyst to move UBC towards a just and sustainable food system. This community-based action-research project ...

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Solar High Tunnels: Food Production and Renewable Energy Membership Required

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Over the last decade, growers in the Northeast have been utilizing high tunnel structures, or field greenhouses, in their food production systems. These structures allow growers to extend the fall ...

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Food Composting on Campus: Opportunities for Leadership for Sustainability Membership Required

  • Kean University (NJ)

According to a feature story in The Chronicle of Higher Education, "with great fanfare, universities are trumpeting their efforts to make society more equitable and environmentally healthy." An important question ...

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Getting Your Head into a Beehive Membership Required

  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)

"Getting Your Head into a Beehive: Stories About Teaching Sustainable Beekeeping at Northern Arizona University"

In this report from the field, I'll describe the challenges involved in teaching three-day ...

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Campus Raised Organic Produce: Creation of garden on Auraria campus Membership Required

  • University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus (CO)

Students, faculty, and staff of Auraria campus have been working for over a year to create 'Campus Raised Organic Produce' (CROP). Auraria is home of three institutions, The University of ...

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Student Agriculture at Whitman - A New Approach to Student Initiatives Membership Required

  • Whitman College (WA)

A group of Whitman students with a lofty goal, a student-run organic farm to provide produce for campus dining halls, developed a novel approach to generate student and faculty support ...

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Chartwells Higher Education

Rye Brook, NY
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AGreenOZZI, LLC

East Greenwich, RI
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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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