Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.16
Liaison Ellie Perry
Submission Date June 30, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, Dominguez Hills
OP-8: Sustainable Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ellie Perry
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host a farmers market, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or urban agriculture project, or support such a program in the local community?:
Yes

A brief description of the farmers market, CSA or urban agriculture project:

CSUDH works with Venaver Events to host a Certified Farmers Market on a weekly basis during the semester on-campus. The market is open to the public.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host a sustainability-themed food outlet on-site, either independently or in partnership with a contractor or retailer?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-themed food outlet:

EveryTable provides a brick and mortar location in the LSU food court. This business is well known for its sustainable foods and social justice mission.

https://www.everytable.com/mission/


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor support disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through its food and beverage purchasing?:
No

A brief description of the support for disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local SMEs:
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Estimated percentage of total food and beverage expenditures on products from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local SMEs:
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host low impact dining events or promote plant-forward options?:
Yes

A brief description of the low impact dining events and/or plant-forward options:

As a result of previous food advisory forum feedback, Campus Dining currently offers vegan options at every meal in Campus Dining eateries. These options are promoted with special logos on eatery menus.

Additionally the Office of Sustainability promotes plant-forward options as part of its campus-wide Take Charge sustainability pledge and programming.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a vegan dining program that makes diverse, complete-protein vegan options available to every member of the campus community at every meal?:
Yes

A brief description of the vegan dining program:

There has been a conscious effort to add vegan options at all Campus Dining eateries. These menu options are indicated with clear (V) labeling to indicate they are vegan.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor inform customers about low impact food choices and sustainability practices through labelling and signage in dining halls?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability labelling and signage in dining halls:

Toro Token signage is featured prominently at Toro Fresh to help reduce environmental impacts from single-use food containers.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor participate in a competition or commitment program and/or use a food waste prevention system to track and improve its food management practices?:
Yes

A brief description of the food recovery competition or commitment program or food waste prevention system:

Campus Dining is a partner with CSUDH's Food Recovery Network chapter, and saves all excess food from back-end operations for weekly food recoveries. CSUDH IT has also developed a CSUDH Eats App with collaboration from Campus Dining to notify students directly when there is leftover food from campus catered events for pick-up.

https://news.csudh.edu/csudh-eats-iphone-app/


Has the institution or its primary dining services contractor implemented trayless dining (in which trays are removed from or not available in dining halls) and/or modified menus/portions to reduce post-consumer food waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the trayless dining or modified menu/portion program:

All dining in the Food Court is trayless as there are no dining halls on campus.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor donate food that would otherwise go to waste to feed people?:
Yes

A brief description of the food donation program:

Campus Dining partners to donate food weekly on Mondays to the campus chapter of the Food Recovery Network.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor divert food materials from the landfill, incinerator or sewer for animal feed or industrial uses?:
Yes

A brief description of the food materials diversion program:

Used cooking oil is picked up by a vendor for recycling into bio-diesel. There is also a commercial food waste dumpster provided by the university for use by the campus as well as Dining operations specifically.

The commercial food waste dumpster provides source material for Republic Services' biogas facility where the material is turned into commercial compost as well as renewable biogas.

There is also a 24/7 compost drop off bin in front of the Campus Urban Farm where campus users are encouraged to drop off food scraps which is then turned into compost for use at the Farm.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a pre-consumer composting program?:
Yes

A brief description of the pre-consumer composting program:

Coffee grounds from dining services are picked-up directly for use by student assistants from the Faculty Development Center for gardening purposes.

There is also a commercial organics recycling dumpster that is shared by the campus and the Loker Student Union to accommodate pre-consumer scraps resulting from kitchen prep.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a post-consumer composting program?:
Yes

A brief description of the post-consumer composting program:

The campus has secured commercial organics recycling services. There are currently seven locations (one receptacle for each major building) that are serviced bi-weekly by the Office of Sustainability.

The Campus Urban Farm also offers 24/7 curbside drop-off of post-consumer organics next to its location in a dedicated drop-off bin which is available to the entire campus community.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor utilize reusable service ware for “dine in” meals?:
Yes

A brief description of the reusable service ware program:

Cafe 1910 is a restaurant-style eatery that utilizes reusable serviceware. The DH Sports Lounge also uses reusable serviceware for its meals.

Toro Token reusable containers are also available at Toro Fresh and DH Sports Lounge for to-go orders.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor provide reusable and/or third party certified compostable containers and service ware for “to-go” meals (in conjunction with an on-site composting program)?:
Yes

A brief description of the compostable containers and service ware:

Compostable to-go containers are provided at Campus Dining eateries per CSU Single Use Plastics policy requirements.

Toro Token reusable containers are also available at Toro Fresh and DH Sports Lounge.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor offer discounts or other incentives to customers who use reusable containers instead of disposable or compostable containers in “to-go” food service operations?:
Yes

A brief description of the reusable container discount or incentives program:

There is a 10% discount for all coffee shops on campus to users who bring their own mugs.

Toro Token users also get a 10% discount on their meal for participating in the program as well as a 50% discount on their first time purchases.


A brief description of other sustainability-related initiatives not covered above:
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Website URL where information about the sustainable dining programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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