|Submission Date||March 6, 2020|
University of Connecticut
IN-10: Sustainable Dining Certification
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Ofice of Environmental Policy
Is at least one on-campus dining hall or food service outlet certified by the following organizations? (at least one positive response required):
|Yes or No|
|The Food Recovery Network||No|
|The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) (Two Star or higher)||Yes|
|Green Seal (GS-55 Standard for Restaurants and Food Services)||No|
|Leaders for Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF)||No|
|Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody Certification||No|
|Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL)||No|
|An equivalent program approved by AASHE||No|
A brief description of each certified dining hall or food service outlet, including the year the certification was achieved and/or renewed:
As of 2017, all eight of our residential dining units have been approved as Certified Green Restaurant by the Green Restaurant Association:
Buckley Dining Hall – 3 star – 2014
Gelfenbien Commons – 3 star – 2015
McMahon Dining Hall – 3 star – 2016
North Campus Dining Hall – 3 star – 2017
Northwest Marketplace – 3 star – 2017
Putnam Dining Hall – 3 star – 2016
Rome Commons at South – 3 star – 2016
Whitney Dining Hall – 2 star – 2015
These dining halls all received exemplary scores due to their accomplishments in a number of environmental categories, including water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable durable good & building materials, sustainable food, energy, reusables & environmentally preferable disposables and chemical & pollution reduction.
Putnam Dining Hall underwent a recent renovation, earning a LEED Silver rating for its building interior, and featuring a “Living Wall” of herbs and partnership with Quantum Biopower, a renewable energy and digestion facility to divert food waste.
Notable features in the other dining halls include LED lighting, vegetarian and vegan main dishes, locally sourced food, high efficiency sprayers, and Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) products.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
UConn is among the first (if not the first) of public universities in the U.S. to achieve green restaurant certification at all of its campus dining halls. To our knowledge, Harvard and Rice have done the same, but are private universities. Two of the eight dining halls were renovated in the past 3 - 4 years, and both achieved LEED certification (McMahon Dining was LEED Gold certified and received a State of CT Power of Change Award for energy efficiency in public buildings; Putnam Dining was renovated in 2017 and is LEED Silver registered).
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