Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.34
Liaison Mary Whitney
Submission Date Nov. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Chatham University
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mary Whitney
University Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Chatham University Food Rescue Program with Zipcar

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

This program was a student initiated project to support a local food rescue organization, 412 Food Rescue, by rescuing food from Chatham's largest dining hall which is managed by Parkhurst, the campus dining services partner. Parkhurst and the Office of Sustainability split the cost of a Zipcar membership so that students without cars could also volunteer to deliver food, and Zipcar waived the hourly fee for Chatham students on 412 Food Rescue runs.

In 2017 we have diverted 1751 pounds of food that would have gone to compost instead.

412 Food Rescue used Chatham as a model and catalyst and brought the program to other universities (Carnegie Mellon University, Pitt Dining Services).
https://412foodrescue.org/programs/food-rescue/food-donors/#full

412 also used this model to expand their partnership with Zipcar so volunteers could reach more organizations.
http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Best-of-the-Burgh-Blogs/The-412/April-2016/Nonprofit-Partners-with-Giant-Eagle-Zipcar-to-Help-Prevent-Food-Waste/#sthash.0ynaQcme.dpuf


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement
Food & Dining
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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