Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.29
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date March 23, 2015
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Colorado State University
OP-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
1.27 / 3.00 Tim Broderick
Senior Sustainability Coordinator
Housing and Dining Services
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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:

This data was compiled manually over several months using STARS guidelines for the CSU 2013/14 academic year.

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”):

CSU offers a wide range of meatless meals. Diners can find delicious vegan breads and cookies from the in-house bakeshop, as well as dishes such as kung pao tempeh, Thai vegetable curries, vegan stir-fries with seitan, tempeh, or tofu from the Mongolian Grill. Middle Eastern options include the falafel with lemon-tahini sauce or a quinoa, tabbouleh, and white-bean hummus wrap. Or, students can stick with a new take on an old classic: vegan "chicken" nuggets and vegan veggie hummus wraps and salads.

In addition, the Housing & Dining Services dietician offers vegetarian/vegan nutrition and cooking classes for on-campus students including a plethora of nutrition education within the dining centers centered around eating a balanced vegan/vegetarian diet. In addition, the online dining menu highlights vegan and vegetarian options for each meal period.

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

The Housing & Dining Service's dietician engages students on healthy eating via the Eat Well program, which includes a blog, brochures, events, and social media engagement. One of the primary Eat Well topics is healthy eating through the reduction of meat and balanced diets that include more vegetables, fruit, and healthy grains. http://eatwell.colostate.edu/

The website URL where information about the vegan dining program is available:
Annual dining services expenditures on food:
5,604,948 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:
1,483,741.43 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:
17,583.76 US/Canadian $

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