Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.64
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date July 31, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Temple University
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kathleen Grady
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Cooperatively run food cafe

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

In January 2015, a team of interdisciplinary students opened Rad Dish, a student run and member owned food co-op cafe on campus. The cafe is run based on a cooperative style of governance, with members making the decisions related to cafe operations, policies, sourcing, governance, sustainability and social justice. Members have adopted and implemented a triple bottom line approach to this cafe, sourcing from local, organic and fair trade purveyors. In accordance with its triple bottom line approach, the Rad Dish models sustainability principles, serving only vegetarian and vegan fare, composting, using all compostable serviceware, recycling, minimizing waste and purchasing 100% green power. Members meet weekly to discuss issues, and have committees to explore new processes. Rad Dish holds an election each year to elect committee heads. The membership of the co-op is made of students that cross the university's various schools, colleges, majors and disciplines. The membership also includes staff and faculty that have purchased memberships.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The following are benefits of the food co-op cafe:

- Exposing students in every school or college to the concept of a co-operative business model.
- 80 MWh of wind power purchased for the cafe
- 81 equity members in the co-op
- Over $7,267.17 purchased from local businesses
- Over 15 people participated in the CSA drop off point at Rad Dish, Temple's first and only CSA drop spot
-Attended 7 classes to give talk about cooperative business model
- Hosted 3 interns
- Over 10 students took an independent study of cooperative business practices as a basis for developing Rad Dish's governance structure

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
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Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement ---
Air & Climate ---
Buildings ---
Dining Services Yes
Energy ---
Grounds ---
Purchasing Yes
Transportation ---
Waste ---
Water ---
Coordination, Planning & Governance Yes
Diversity & Affordability ---
Health, Wellbeing & Work ---
Investment ---

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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