U North Carolina Chapel Hill Dining Receives Sustainability Award

The university was recently named the grand prize winner in the National Association of College & University Food Services' 2015 Sustainability Awards competition, which honors colleges and universities that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the promotion and implementation of sustainability specifically in dining services.

Virginia Tech Rolls Out Reusable To-Go Containers

Upon arrival this semester, students received a reusable to-go container made from sugar cane that can be used in three dining centers. The distribution of reusable containers is an effort to reduce the usage of disposables and the amount of waste generated on campus.

Indiana U Debuts Farmers Market

Aligned with the university's participation in the Real Food Challenge, the campus community can now purchase locally grown produce at a weekly farmers market.

Stanford U Dining Becomes REAL Certified

The United States Healthful Food Council recently announced that Stanford has become the nation's first campus dining program to obtain the Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) certification. Honored for its commitment to holistic nutrition and environmental stewardship, the university was evaluated on whole-foods use, portions, behavioral components and procurement.

Northwestern U Signs Real Food Commitment

First university in the Big Ten to sign a campus commitment to increase the percentage of "real food", the commitment calls for 20 percent of the university's dining hall food to meet the Real Food Challenge's definition of real food, defined as ecologically sound, community-based, humanely produced or fair trade.

Local Food Connects U Kentucky Campus to the Commonwealth

University Dining partners with local farmers and producers to deliver that fresh, home-grown experience to a campus with more than 30,000 students and 14,000 employees. As the university and Aramark forged a 15-year, $245 million partnership last year to transform dining services, the opportunity to support Kentucky farmers and processors expanded.

Cornell U Students Initiate Food Recovery Network Chapter

On a weekly basis, students take leftover prepared food from a university dining facility and a marketplace to food pantries across the county in an effort to address food insecurity issues.

Fitchburg State U Removes Drinking Straw Option

(U.S.): In an attempt to improve waste reduction, recycling and composting, the university removed the straws, which are hard to spot when conducting post-consumer, dish room garbage separation.

Skidmore College Attains MSC Chain of Custody Certification

(U.S.): Haddock, pollock and cod at certain on-campus dining locations are now Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certified, which ensures that the seafood can be traced back to a fishery that has been certified as sustainable and well-managed against the global, science-based MSC standard.

Portland State U to Increase Local Food Procurement

Under the new amendment developed by the Campus Sustainability Office and the university's food services provider, Aramark, PSU Dining will increase total local and third-party certified food expenditures each by 5 percent annually, based on purchases made in 2014.

Temple U Students Open Campus Cafe Serving Local, Organic Food

The new student-operated, cooperative cafe serving local, organic, budget-friendly and vegetarian food was birthed from a group of environmental studies students in their senior research seminar.

U Maryland Releases Farm to Food Truck Video

The newly released video spotlights the university's food truck that serves food from campus' farm, which hosts students to learn about farming.

U Utah Joins Real Food Commitment

Thanks to members of the campus community, the recently signed commitment means that University Dining Services will spend at least 20 percent of their total food purchases on real food, defined as local, nutritional, ecologically sound, humane and/or fair, by 2020, nearly doubling its current level.

Lehigh U Holds Seafood Awareness Event

In an effort to raise awareness of the impact from sushi's high demand, the university's Sustainability Office organized the reduced waste event in which students made their own sushi rolls, and learned about where the food came from and its ranking in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.

U Albany Recognizes Importance of Local Food

(U.S.): The university showcased its commitment to locally sourced foods through its participation in the inaugural Campus Crunch in which students, faculty and staff joined colleagues at 17 other schools and colleges across New York State to emphasize how universities can work with regional farms to promote sustainable food production.

U California Santa Cruz Converts to Staff Served Plates

(U.S.): Shifting from self-service, the new dining service was recently introduced in an attempt to minimize uneaten food scraps being sent to the university's compost facility. Preliminary measurements indicate a reduction of leftover food on plates.

U Oklahoma Students Request Real Food

Building on university Housing and Food's commitment to create a better food system, Students Against a Factory-Farming Economy sought signatures for the Real Food Campus Commitment, which asks for a university pledge to make 20 percent of all food sold on campus Real Food-certified by 2020.

U North Carolina Greensboro Rolls Out Mobile Market

The new locally-owned mobile farmers market, offering fresh and local fruit, vegetables, meat and baked goods, is a partnership between the university's Dining Services and a local business.

Maharishi U Management Brings Local Food to Campus

(U.S.): Through new food purchasing standards, local farmers can now sell produce to the university that was grown without pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). By purchasing local produce to serve to students, the university saves money and reduces carbon emissions.

U Victoria Opens Zero Waste Dining Option

(Canada): The university recently opened a zero waste food court by increasing composting efforts and purchasing locally sourced food.

Gonzaga U Brings Local Food to Campus

Students can now expect more sustainable food options in the cafeteria thanks to a new partnership between the university and Local Inland Northwest Cooperative Growers. This partnership will contribute toward the Real Food Challenge pledge to source 25 percent of food from local providers by 2020.

U Utah Student Receives Sustainability Award

Kathleen Hunt, dining services sustainability coordinator and doctoral student, won the 2014 Green Champion Student Award for outstanding leadership, participation and promotion of sustainable effort in dining by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS).

Williams College Incorporates Real Food Metrics

Instead of using the Real Food Calculator to evaluate recent purchasing, the college recently decided to incorporate the criteria of the national food evaluation system into its menu management database in order to have access to real-time reports about how much sustainable food purchases are being made, and thus, begin a conversation about different ways of measuring sustainable food.

North Carolina State U Dining Hall Grows Rooftop Garden

Furthering its commitment to source more local food, staff started the garden to research ways to minimize water use while maximizing yield. The garden, which is based on organic gardening principles, has improved staff engagement and appreciation of food, which helps reduces food waste.

Shippensburg U Begins Food Recovery Network

(U.S.): Students from the university's social work discipline recently began fighting hunger in the surrounding community by delivering surplus food to a community meal program.

U Colorado Colorado Springs to Host Food Celebration

The inaugural Sustainnovation celebration is an upcoming day-long series of events designed to highlight changes in food in Colorado Springs and on campus.

Over 130 Universities Participate in The Real Food Calculator

Real Food Challenge recently announced that 134 universities and colleges are now using the student-designed calculator to measure and report local, fair, ecologically-sound and humane food in campus dining.

Hampshire College to Source Nearly 100% Local Food

The recent $50,000 grant from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation will support the university's Local Food Challenge, which will draw from the campus farm, the on-campus food management company's 40 farm shares, and will work to create collaborations with food suppliers within a 150-mile radius.

Montana State U Increases Local Food Procurement

In an effort to expand the university's Montana-Made program, University Food Services has hired a full-time staff member to grow relationships with current and potential vendors, gather baseline data, and create viable goals.

U New Mexico Establishes Student Food Pantry

Attempting to help students do well in school, the university's Dean of Students Office and local food bank are teaming up to provide students with healthy food on a regular basis.

Five Universities Win $5,000 Sodexo Grant

(United States): The Sodexo Foundation's Campus Kitchen Project video competition awarded the five universities funding for a Campus Kitchen, a student-operated kitchen that recovers quality food going to waste to provide nutritious meals for those in the community that are struggling with food insecurity. The winning universities are Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, St. Peter's University, Georgia Tech and University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.

UC Santa Cruz Procures Local Aquaponics Produce

(United States): Increasing the amount of local and sustainably-grown food, the university's Dining Halls are now serving lettuce that was grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, but instead fertilized by fish waste in a practice known as aquaponics.

Emory U Implements Meatless Mondays

In an effort to promote health and environmental benefits, the university's new initiative offers more vegan and vegetarian options.

U Michigan Attains Marine Stewardship Council Certification

The university recently achieved the MSC Chain of Custody third party certification, which supports sustainably-managed fisheries also certified by MSC standards. Five residential dining halls will offer seafood designated as MSC-certified.

Oklahoma State U Creates Healthy Food Labeling System

After receiving grant funds, the university's Dining Services program recently implemented the labeling system to indicate more healthful foods per U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines. The system also labels more than 800 grab-and-go items with nutrition and allergen information.

Ten Universities Collaborate on Local Food Procurement

In an effort to procure more affordable locally-grown food, Yale University, Brown University, Connecticut College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and University of New Hampshire gathered at Yale to discuss ways to take advantage of economies of scale in local food procurement.

Maryville U Dining Hall Recognized for Green Operations

The university's Gander Dining Hall was recently recognized by Green Dining Alliance of St. Louis for incorporating sustainable restaurant management and operational norms in the areas of recycling and waste reduction, awareness and education, sourcing and procurement, water conservation, energy conservation and efficiency, chemicals, and innovation.

Lafayette College Uses On-Campus Farm Produce in Dining Halls

The university's new food service provider, Bon Appetit, is now procuring 100 percent of produce grown at the student-run campus garden. Called the food loop, students have coordinated with Dining Services for the food scraps to be collected for compost that is reapplied on the garden fields.

Connecticut College Partners for Local Food Market

After a recent class focused on world food production, a student initiates the Sustainable Food Market, a partnership with community partner, Fiddleheads Co-operative, to provide the campus community with fresh, organic and local foods every Friday.

Three Universities Sign 'Real Food Campus Challenge'

Johns Hopkins University; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and University of Montana, Missoula pledged to buy at least 20 percent real food annually by 2020. Johns Hopkins University pledged to source 35 percent.

Asbury U Joins Kentucky Proud's 'Farm to Campus' Initiative

The university's recent decision to join the Kentucky Proud initiative will bolster its efforts to procure and serve food grown and processed within Kentucky.

Berea College to Open Local-Produce Grocery Store

The yet-to-be-opened store will offer organic fruits and vegetables, freshly prepared food, fish and humanely raised meat that are harvested, prepared and sold by Berea students as part of their jobs with the college. The goods will come from the college's on-campus farm.

U Maryland Partners for Sustainable Seafood

The university's Dining Services recently partnered with The Wide Net Project to contribute to restoration of the Chesapeake Bay's health and provide nutritious food to vulnerable communities.

Clarkson U Adds Reusable To-Go Containers

After a recent student project proposal indicated the desire for reusable to-go containers, the university's Dining Services/ARAMARK has implemented the reusable containers system to decrease waste sent to landfills.

Wesleyan U Celebrates Local Food With 100% Local Meal

In celebration of Eat Local Challenge Day, the university's Dining Services and several local vendors provided meals made entirely from local ingredients harvested within 150 miles of the university.

Emory U Increases Local Food

In support of the university's sustainability goals, new dining options at Cox Hall include procurement of locally-sourced food and support of smaller, independent businesses.

Joliet Junior College Increases Awareness of Local Food

(U.S.): Featured in a new Farm-to-Fork Market Dinner event through the college's Culinary Arts department will be a five-course meal with nearly 100 percent of the ingredients from within 250 miles.

Clarkson U Operates 100% Local Grill

In an effort to increase local food offerings, every ingredient used at the university’s Main Street Grill comes from a farm within 200 miles of the Quebec campus.

Brock U Initiates Fair Trade Purchasing

Building its inventory of fair trade products, the university now only sells Fair Trade Certified coffee at all non-franchise businesses. Three teas and one type of chocolate are also offered.

Harvard U Chef Recognized Nationally as Sustainability Pioneer

Food Tank, a non-profit think tank that explores environmentally sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity and poverty, has named the university's Healthy and Sustainable Food Program Director Barton Seaver as one of 11 chefs pioneering the movement toward sustainable food.