Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.13
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date July 11, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Bowdoin College
SD-2: Food Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Andrew Cushing
Sustainability Outreach Coordinator
Sustainable Bowdoin
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Are students educated in an academic class about how to make eco-positive food choices?:

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Several classes have a focus on the environment and food. Those include: ES056 — Ecology and Society; ES375 — Feeding the World: The Nature and Challenges of our Food and Agricultural Systems; Econ318 — Environmental and Resources Economics;
ES079 — Agriculture, Ancient and Modern; and ES256 — Environment and Society in Latin America

Are students educated in dining facilities about how to make eco-positive food choices?:

Provide a brief description:

Many of our meals have labels that designate the item as "local," "from the organic garden," and vegan or vegetarian. Student groups also table in the dining halls to encourage meat-less eating.

Dining Service also maintains informational bulletin boards in the dining halls. Topics they cover include eco-positive food choices and information about local food served in the dining halls.

Are students educated during orientation about how to make eco-positive food choices?:

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Are students educated in other venues about how to make eco-positive food choices?:

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Several times a year, departments and student groups on campus team up to educate students about the importance of making eco-positive food choices. The annual "Meet Your Farmer" dinner places trained facilitators (staff and students) amongst students in the dining halls to encourage discussion about agricultural issues.

Other dinner-facilitated conversations follow lectures by noted authors or policy makers in the food field.

Is there a program by which students are encouraged to and/or taught how to grow their own food?:

Provide a brief description of the program:

Students in Bowdoin's Organic Garden Club spend time volunteering in the Bowdoin Organic garden, which is owned and operated by Dining Services. It is not a formal or academic program, but student volunteers learn various aspects of small scale organic agriculture.

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