Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.84
Liaison Carolyn Shafer
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Pratt Institute
OP-8: Sustainable Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Rick Cenicola
Dir. Food Services
Food Services
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host a farmers market, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or urban agriculture project, or support such a program in the local community?:
Yes

A brief description of the farmers market, CSA or urban agriculture project:

Farm to Campus started in Fall 2020 as a recipient of funds awarded by the Strategic Planning Oversight Committee. During the Fall and Spring semesters, fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, and seasonal items like maple syrup and honey are delivered to Pratt’s Brooklyn campus for purchase.

All produce is grown primarily by regional farmers and sourced through GrowNYC, a sustainability resource for all New Yorkers interested in food access, conservation, green spaces, and education.

Produce availability changes according to season and yield from participating farms. Customers will not be able to choose what items are ordered, nor will they know what will be available the following week prior to payment.

https://www.pratt.edu/student-life/student-services/resource-page-for-food-insecurity/farm-to-campus-faq/


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host a sustainability-themed food outlet on-site, either independently or in partnership with a contractor or retailer?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-themed food outlet:
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor support disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through its food and beverage purchasing?:
Yes

A brief description of the support for disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local SMEs:

Pratt partners with Sysco Food Systems for approx. $2,300,000 annually.
SYSCO partners with more than 500 minority and women owned suppliers.
We assume a 10% rate overall.


Estimated percentage of total food and beverage expenditures on products from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local SMEs:
10

Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host low impact dining events or promote plant-forward options?:
Yes

A brief description of the low impact dining events and/or plant-forward options:

Wellness Wed. featured / promoted plant-based options. All non- plant-based items were not served on those days. Lead to addition of plant-based options to the regular menu throughout the rest of the week. * this was launched SP 2020 and was closed during covid.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a vegan dining program that makes diverse, complete-protein vegan options available to every member of the campus community at every meal?:
Yes

A brief description of the vegan dining program:

There is 1 vegan hot entree offered daily.
There are pre-packaged cold selections offered daily.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor inform customers about low impact food choices and sustainability practices through labelling and signage in dining halls?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability labelling and signage in dining halls:

Daily signage is provided that identifies food preferences, vegan, vegetarian, fish, etc.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor participate in a competition or commitment program and/or use a food waste prevention system to track and improve its food management practices?:
No

A brief description of the food recovery competition or commitment program or food waste prevention system:
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Has the institution or its primary dining services contractor implemented trayless dining (in which trays are removed from or not available in dining halls) and/or modified menus/portions to reduce post-consumer food waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the trayless dining or modified menu/portion program:

The previous food vendor used trays.
The current vendor is tray-less.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor donate food that would otherwise go to waste to feed people?:
No

A brief description of the food donation program:
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor divert food materials from the landfill, incinerator or sewer for animal feed or industrial uses?:
No

A brief description of the food materials diversion program:
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a pre-consumer composting program?:
No

A brief description of the pre-consumer composting program:
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a post-consumer composting program?:
No

A brief description of the post-consumer composting program:
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor utilize reusable service ware for “dine in” meals?:
Yes

A brief description of the reusable service ware program:

Yes, re-usable baskets were used for dine-in meals instead of single-use plastic clam-shells. This was true for 2019-2020 but shut down due to covid during 2020-21. We are working to bring it back on line now.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor provide reusable and/or third party certified compostable containers and service ware for “to-go” meals (in conjunction with an on-site composting program)?:
Yes

A brief description of the compostable containers and service ware:

Reusable containers were initiated by AVI. This was true for 2019-2020 but shut down due to covid during 2020-21. We are working to bring it back on line now.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor offer discounts or other incentives to customers who use reusable containers instead of disposable or compostable containers in “to-go” food service operations?:
Yes

A brief description of the reusable container discount or incentives program:

Coffee refills are discounted because faculty, staff and students bring their own containers.


A brief description of other sustainability-related initiatives not covered above:
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Website URL where information about the sustainable dining programs is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

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