Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.41
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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Denison University
OP-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.47 / 3.00 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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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:

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”):

Vegan options are available every meal, including specialty items like vegan cream cheese, cheeses, nutritional yeast at the salad bar, soy milk dispensers and almond milk by request, even vegan ice cream and the occassional vegan brownie for dessert. Our late night dining location features vegan and gluten free mac'n'cheese. We also started a mindful monday (positive spin on Meatless Monday) campaign.

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

We offer a vegetarian (often vegan) option at every meal, usually every station, and we always put the vegetarian options first hoping people will try it before they get to the meat later on. We've cut down on our red meat purchases this year and focused more on chicken as we've secured a local chicken producer as a partner. We also focus on offering products free of animal products in our C-store, even our late night option that features a vegan and gluten free mac-n-cheese.

The website URL where information about the vegan dining program is available:

Annual dining services expenditures on food:
2,329,365 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:
200,000 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:
710,000 US/Canadian $

Denison maintains an internal password protected website where most of this information resides. Public access web pages have limited information on this topic.

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