Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.45
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Dickinson College
IN-10: Sustainable Dining Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Is at least one on-campus dining hall or food service outlet certified by the following organizations? (at least one positive response required):
Yes or No
The Food Recovery Network ---
The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) (Two Star or higher) Yes
Green Seal (GS-55 Standard for Restaurants and Food Services) No
Leaders for Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF) ---
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody Certification No
Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) ---
An equivalent program approved by AASHE ---

A brief description of each certified dining hall or food service outlet, including the year the certification was achieved and/or renewed:

In 2016, Dickinson’s Dining Hall, an all-you-care-to-eat cafeteria-style facility that serves the campus community, including 2,400 students, has been named a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA). The distinction recognizes Dickinson’s commitment to sustainable operations and food sourcing. Approximately 50 U.S. colleges and universities have achieved Certified Green Restaurant status.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Dickinson has five retail eateries on campus, catering services and a main Dining Hall, which offers 20 stations, a 30-item salad bar, deli bar, two made-from-scratch soup offerings and three separate entrées for lunch and dinner. Vegetarian, vegan, organic non-GMO cereal, gluten-free and kosher entrees also are available. Through its innovative food-waste program, the Dining Hall sends approximately 800 pounds of food—equal to the carrying capacity of one small dumpster—to the College Farm each day to be composted.

Dickinson’s sustainable dining-service operations have been recognized nationally by The New York Times and The Daily Meal, which selected Dickinson as one of the 75 best colleges for food in America in 2014 and 2015.

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