Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.79
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date May 26, 2016
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Colorado College
OP-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.43 / 3.00 Cassidy Schnell
Bon Appetit Outreach Coordinator
Bon Appetit
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Percentage of total dining services food purchases comprised of conventionally produced animal products:

A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory expenditures on animal products:

Bon Appetite tracks all invoices for food products and documents purchases of animal products from these invoices. In April of 2013, students collaborated with dining service personnel to conduct a two-week long audit of Bon Appetit expenditures using Real Food Calculator criteria. Studying Bon Appetit invoices, the students systematically analyzed the quality of the various products being purchased and generated quantitative data based on local, ecological, fair trade, and humane expenditures to ensure that Bon Appetit's methodology for food tracking was accurate.

Does the institution offer diverse, complete-protein vegan dining options at all meals in at least one dining facility on campus?:

Does the institution provide labels and/or signage that distinguishes between vegan, vegetarian (not vegan), and other items?:

Are the vegan options accessible to all members of the campus community?:

A brief description of the vegan dining program, including availability, sample menus, signage and any promotional activities (e.g. “Meatless Mondays”):

Colorado College provides a vast vegan dining program that is accessible to all members of the campus community. Rastall Café includes a designated vegan station with diverse and complete-protein items and at least one vegan desert option at every meal. Rastall provides labels for vegan and vegetarian items and participates in “Meatless Mondays” by serving only vegetarian items on Monday evenings. Vegan options are also included in the grab-and-go program, available at Colorado Coffee, the Preserve, and Local Goods.

A brief description of other efforts the institution has made to reduce the impact of its animal-derived food purchases:

Often, kitchen staff remove meat platters from the serve yourself style buffet and instead serve the meat themselves to customers using the portion sizes suggested by the FDA. This method helps to reduce meat consumption and food waste. Bon Appetit holds a Low Carbon Diet Day in which they use their menu to educate and feature alternative options to animal-derived foods. They also offer monthly Food For Your Well Being stations which provide information on topics such as Portion Control, Healthy Fats. In Balance menus, Lower Sodium and Embrace Plant-based Proteins. These stations often have a sampling table and/or is featured at a station within the cafes so that guests can put their new/renewed knowledge into action for that very meal.

The website URL where information about the vegan dining program is available:
Annual dining services expenditures on food:
2,531,835 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:
595,738 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:
485,128 US/Canadian $

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