Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.73
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date April 30, 2012
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Dickinson College
SD-2: Food Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Daniel Webster
Sustainability Projects Coordinator
Center for Sustainability Education
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Are students educated in an academic class about how to make eco-positive food choices?:

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There are multiple courses offered that educate students about making eco-positive food choices: Writing about Food, Ecofeminism, the introductory environmental studies courses that deal with topics related to agriculture and agribusiness, and courses such as Jewish Environmental Ethics and Environment, Culture, and Values. All of these, among many others, discuss issues surrounding food and choices about food. In the past, courses such as Food and Sustainability have also been offered.

Are students educated in dining facilities about how to make eco-positive food choices?:

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The Sustainable Food Committee, which is linked directly with Dining Services through two internship positions, promotes eco-positive food choices through educational programming and outreach. For example, a screening of the documentary Cafeteria Man was open to the Dickinson community through the Committee, and tours of Dining Services that address sustainability efforts are also offered.

Are students educated during orientation about how to make eco-positive food choices?:

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First-year orientation has recently incorporated "Discover Dickinson" programs, which allow incoming students to sign up over the summer for a program of their choice. Different programs are offered that focus on aspects of Dickinson life, and sustainability themed programs often previal. In recent years, Discover Dickinson programs have included tours of Dining Services combined with an opportunity to preprare a meal with ingredients purchased from the Dickinson College Organic Farm. For Fall 2012, students are planning a similar program that will include a tour of local businesses that offer sustainable and healthy food options.

Are students educated in other venues about how to make eco-positive food choices?:

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Is there a program by which students are encouraged to and/or taught how to grow their own food?:

Provide a brief description of the program:

Students are encouraged to go out to the College Farm through a program called Weed and Feed, where students are able to work on the farm for an afternoon and then cook a meal together. Students are also able to apply to work as student workers (current students) or interns (recent graduates) on the College Farm. There is also a student initiative to start a green roof project, where students would be able to grow vegetables on the roof of a residence building.

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