Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 54.34
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date March 11, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Ohio University
OP-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.47 / 3.00 Dan Pittman
Asst. Director, Auxiliaries Sales and Marketing
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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:

We can use our menu forecasting and inventory maintenance software (Food Pro) to run a report on all meat and seafood 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”):

Ohio University recently received an "A" grade from PETA2 for "going above and beyond to provide all students with exceptional vegan food.” This high mark was bestowed to only five other universities in Ohio and 114 colleges nationwide (out of more than 1,450).

OHIO makes providing healthy and diverse dining options for students a priority. All dining guests can choose from a wide range of Vegan options, including: black-bean wraps, vegan ravioli, Tofurky sandwiches, and vegan cheesecake. A variety of Vegan selections are always offered at each dining court/hall on the Athens campus.

Students, faculty and staff with special dietary needs are accommodated on a regular basis, and we are constantly adapting to the diners' demands. In fact, Culinary Services recently hired a registered dietitian to assist with this growing need.

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

We’re always looking for new ways to increase our Vegan options. We also value student input; in fact, the Culinary Services Development Committee (CSDC) is a student-led group that helps us to progress our menu offerings and evaluate where our team is meeting (or exceeding) customer expectations.

The website URL where information about the vegan dining program is available:
Annual dining services expenditures on food:
10,850,000 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:
1,340,000 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:
910,000 US/Canadian $

Ohio University is proud of its on-campus food variety and works hard to provide the campus community with robust menu offerings. Through customer feedback and a close monitoring of the latest trends, our selections are continually updated and new recipes are being added to our menus each year; it is part of our commitment to providing students with the nourishment that they need in order to thrive in their collegiate pursuits.

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