Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.60
Liaison Dayna Cook
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Northern Arizona University
OP-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.07 / 3.00 Catherine Sullivan
Sustainability Specialist: NAU Campus Dining
NAU Dining
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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:

Campus Dining has no formal methodology in place to track this, but we are working with the Real Food Challenge to develop a baseline measurement and method of tracking.

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”):

NAU Campus Dining has participated in Meatless Monday since the fall of 2011. At the two major dining halls on campus, there are always vegan and vegetarian options including a designated vegetarian/vegan station within each resident dining hall. Menus items are labeled with icons to easily identify the vegan and vegetarian options at each platform. Vegan options are also available across the 28 other dining locations and markets throughout campus. The Campus Dining Mobile App allows students to filter searches such as vegan to find all of the Campus Dining options that are vegan across campus in residential and retail locations.

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

By actively participating in the Meatless Monday campaign, The Better Tomorrow Challenge Week annually sponsored and organized by Campus Dining and supporting NAU's Earth Week, Campus Dining highlights low-carbon menu items to encourages eating more plant-based dishes.
The Green Scene Café's sandwich and salad menus are carbon valued with carbon footprint next to each menu item to increase food transparency and educate consumers on the impact their food choices make on the environment. High carbon value menu items include dairy and animal proteins whereas low carbon impact menu items are plant-based and/or vegan. We hope through awareness and education we can shift consumer's behaviors to be less carbon intensive which usually means more plant-based eating.

The website URL where information about the vegan dining program is available:
Annual dining services expenditures on food:

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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