Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Pennsylvania State University
OP-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00
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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”):
Penn State dining services offers both meatless and vegan options for every meal at all dining facilities on campus. One dining hall on campus is dedicated to healthy eating alone. An advisory board meets once a semester to ensure that the offerings of meatless and vegan options are meeting the expectations of the vegetarians on campus. At Penn State, 43% of all items are vegan. Every day, we aim to have at least one vegan soup, one vegan entrée, and at least one vegan side on the menu. We have an extensive salad bar with a variety of vegan items, such as tofu, chickpeas, and edamame, and also have a fruit selection available. We have done a variety of promotional activities, such as promoting World Vegetarian Day, The Great American Meatout, and Vegetarian Awareness Week. There are also vegan selections available 4 The Road, our grab n’ go concept. At Penn State, the office of the Corporate Executive Chef as well as the Registered Dietitian’s office work together to label all items with an entrée card. If the item meets the criteria to be vegan, it has a “V” designation in the left hand corner of the entrée card. If it qualifies as meatless, it will have an “M” in the left hand corner.

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

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

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:
0 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:
0 US/Canadian $

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Currently, Penn State does not track sustainably produced animal products.

Currently, Penn State does not track sustainably produced animal products.

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