Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.08
Liaison Leah Ceperley
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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University of Dayton
OP-8: Sustainable Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Joan Bauman
Associate Director
Dining Services
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a published sustainable dining policy?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainable dining policy:

University of Dayton
Sustainable Dining Policy
Initial Policy, January 2018

GOALS:
Achieve and maintain Green Restaurant Association Certification. Maintain at least 3 stars at large locations and minimum 2 stars (out of 4 possible) at smaller cafes.
Continue to purchase Fair Trade items, at minimum two foods at each location. Continue to source more items to offer and sell across campus dining and retail outlets.
Increase food procurement from local and regional food producers; and/or fosters a sustainable food service program that contributes to the economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and quality of life in the region.
Increase the percentage of foods purchased with third-party certification (USDA certified organic, Certified Humane Raised, Sustainable Seafood, etc.)
Maintains variety, quality, and availability of vegetarian, vegan, and organic options.
We will encourage our vendors to supply us with food that is, among other attributes, produced without synthetic pesticides and hormones, or antibiotics given to animals in the absence of diagnosed disease.
We will work with our food suppliers, local farmers, and community-based organizations to increase the availability of locally sourced food, when seasonality permits; in order to:
- Reduce negative environmental impacts by decreasing the distance food travels from farm to plate;
- Improve the economic vitality of communities in and around UD service areas;
and increase the freshness of fruits and vegetables that enter UD’s food supply.

Any changes in our food purchasing policies and practices will minimize operational impacts, be economically viable and, whenever possible, be cost neutral.
Working with the Hanley Sustainability Institute, we will be reviewing the impact of our food purchases on our greenhouse gas emissions.
We will work with food suppliers to try to minimize non-compostable packaging and use compostable and recyclable packaging as much as possible.

UD DINING’S CURRENT INITIATIVES:
In all its dimensions, sustainable dining is a critical component of the University’s environmental initiatives. UD Dining, the University’s primary food service program, operates with sustainability best practices at its core.

Sustainable Purchasing
Approximately 3% of all food served is purchased from vendors within 250 miles of the UD campus, local producers and/or Third Party verified.
Halal chicken is from Case Farms in Canton, Ohio.
Beginning March 1,2018, No Antibiotic Ever Chicken breasts from Tyson will be served in all dining halls. All chicken breasts served will be NAE.
Eggs are from local farms. We will begin to research sourcing cage free shell eggs.
Hydroponic Lettuce is from Davidson Family Growers, local farmer, New Carlisle, OH.
Turkey –From Bowman&Landes Farms, New Carlisle, OH and other local farmers
Coffee - Some is fair trade; Sourced from a local roaster and distributor, Rooted Grounds.
Barry Bagel provides local bagels.
Young’s Dairy produces ice cream; from Yellow Springs, OH
Produce One supplies local produce when in season, in the region.
Local bakeries: Ele Bakery, Rahn’s Bakery and Mehaffies Pies are used on campus and/or for catering.

Menu Options/Range
UD Dining provides vegetarian and vegan options daily, both in the dining halls and retail outlets. Menus also accommodate food allergies and special diets. Meatless options are available at all locations.
Students, faculty & staff have access to Net Nutrition, which provides nutrition, ingredient and allergen information online, for foods served on campus. Students with a special diet need may have access to the A+ Room for additional food choices.
UD Dining‘s Registered Dietitian, Joan Bauman, meets with students regularly to provide customized meal planning, facilitate one-on-one consultations with the dining halls’ Chefs, and educate students on balanced nutrition.
Sustainability education is ongoing to increase awareness. We utilize our website, videos, posters and table tents to educate students about Dining Services sustainability initiatives.

Community Outreach
UD Dining is committed to supporting the community. The department donates 300 meals per week to St.Vincent DePaul (SVDP) and other hunger agencies.
UD Dining works with the Food Recovery Network, a student organization who collects leftover food, and donates to SVDP. Our catering dept. also donates leftover food to City Gospel Mission.
Additionally, every fall, students may donate up to $10.00 from their meal plan to give to local hunger agencies.
Dining also supports our students taking action to benefit the local community, by providing donations for student group fundraisers and special events, such as Global Brigade, UD Miracle Flyerthon, River Stewards, and Campus Ministry and various student council fundraising events.

Composting, Reduce, ReUse and Recycling
UD Dining went 100% compostable for all take-out containers, in all dining halls in 2009. Compostable waste from our 3 largest dining halls is hauled to a nearby composting facility. More than 800 tons of waste have been diverted from landfills since 2009.
In the fall of 2017, Kennedy Union purchased a slow-grind system for food waste and compostable waste. The waste is broken down into small pieces then centrifuged to take out excess water. The future plan is to use this compostable waste at our own UD composting site on campus. Once complete, and if successful, the plan is to purchase a system like this for two other large dining locations, Marycrest and Virginia W. Kettering Halls. This will end our need for hauling compostable waste to the composting facility. Additionally, we would like to begin to collect compostable waste from our smaller café locations (Empo, Curran Place & BSB), and residence halls. The plan is to increase involvement of students in the process of collecting compostable waste from the residence halls.
We also use two Ecovim machines daily, which convert 250 lbs. of vegetable and fruit waste into 25 lbs. of organic matter suitable for use as mulch or soil amendment. The Ecovims are used by our Central Production facility, which produces a majority of fresh produce and Grab & Go items, Monday through Friday. In collaboration with UD Facilities Dept. and the Hanley Sustainability Institute, the compost generated from the Ecovims is used on campus, for landscape use.

Re-Using oil
UD Dining recovers and recycles cooking oil through Restaurant Technologies Inc. (RTI). RTI picks up used cooking oil from Kennedy Union dining. They then work with other companies to recycle the oil, or re-use the oil so that it is not going into landfills. In 2018, new technology installed uses an enhanced filter system so that more of the oil can be re-used. The other advantage of this is that no packaging is used to transport the oil. During the summer of 2018, a new RTI system was installed at Marycrest Dining hall to recover the used fryer oil there.

Surplus Goods
UD Dining does not throw away surplus kitchen equipment, including pots, pans, dishware, restaurant equipment, tables and chairs. Instead, extras are stored for future use, or if not needed, we work with a local company who will take these items. They are not sent to landfills.

Service Items
Compostable and/or biodegradable plates, bowls, cups, straws, napkins and flatware are used in all dining areas except Au Bon Pain (ABP). Currently, we are working with ABP to package their products in compostable containers. Reusable dishes, utensils and cups are available in most Dining Halls.

Reusable Containers
UD Dining provides reusable mugs for hot or cold beverages. Customers who purchase a reusable mug receive a discount on coffee, tea and fountain drinks purchased using the mug.

Recycling
Dining services has been recycling since 2009. We participate in Recyclemania each year.

Recycled Furniture
UD Dining recently purchased chairs and tables made from recycled plastic bottles, for the Kennedy Union dining areas.

Green Restaurant Association (GRA)
UD Dining has received GRA certification in many of its dining halls. GRA assesses seven environmental categories for which the maximum standard to reach is 4 stars.
The seven categories include: Water Efficiency, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Sustainable Durable Goods & Building Materials, Sustainable Food, Energy, Reusables & Environmentally Preferable Disposables, and Chemical and Pollution Reduction.
Marycrest Dining – 3 Stars
Virginia W.Kettering Dining (Grainary) – 3 Stars
Kennedy Union Dining (toss) - 3 Stars
The Emporium – 3 Stars
Brown St. Bistro – still undergoing assessment
UD Catering & Riverview Café – have not yet been evaluated.

Fair Trade
The University of Dayton has achieved Fair Trade University designation. Dining Services uses, offers, or sells at least two Fair Trade items at every campus retail outlet. Several outlets have multiple offerings. We are currently working with Young’s Dairy to create a Fair Trade ice cream flavor, specifically made for UD.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor source food from a campus garden or farm?:
Yes

A brief description of the program to source food from a campus garden or farm:

Beginning in 2017, our catering department began growing fresh herbs on-site in a self-hydrating system. This is done March thru October.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host a farmers market, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, and/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:

UD hosts a farmers market: Hanley Sustainability Institute and Sustainability Club convene an annual fall farmers market with local farmers from the area.

The University of Dayton supports the Mission of Mary Cooperative/Farm, which operates a CSA.

A partnership among the University of Dayton, East End Community Services and Mission of Mary Cooperative is working to transform the former Lincoln Elementary School site into an urban farm and greenspace known as Lincoln Hill Gardens.


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:

Each of our dining locations offers vegan options including complete-protein vegan options at every meal.

In November 2018 at VWK, dining services began a plant-based station with entrees, deli options, and grab-and-go options. Called GreenLife, the station also provides educational materials promoting health and environmental benefits of plant-based diets. The chef at VWK matches the day's main special entree with a vegan entree option at GreenLife. The chef also hosts tastings to introduce students to plant-based diets.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host low impact dining events (e.g. Meatless Mondays)?:
Yes

A brief description of the low impact dining events:

Beginning in 2019, the chef at VWK hosts tastings to introduce students to plant-based diets.
Other events include:
- locally-sourced ingredients for meals and snacks at the 2018 biennial Social Practice of Human Rights hosted at UD.
- locally-sourced snacks at 2018 Reunion Weekend
- two zero-waste events in 2018: CultureFest and the all-employee picnic


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host sustainability-themed meals (e.g. local harvest dinners)?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-themed meals:
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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 inform customers about low impact food choices and sustainability practices through labeling and signage in dining halls?:
Yes

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

Dining services places table tents explaining our 3-trash system, composting and sustainability initiatives. Our compostable hot cups display a message that the cup is compostable and to return to the appropriate can or location for composting.

The vegan meal station at WVK, called GreenLife, provides educational materials promoting health and environmental benefits of plant-based diets.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor engage in outreach efforts to support learning and research about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the outreach efforts to support learning and research about sustainable food systems:

Dining services has collaborated with the Hanley Sustainability Institute to purchase a slow-grind waste system. Students are engaged in weighing this waste to determine the decomposition rate and to determine the size of space we need to build our own composting facility. Dining Services is also working with student research to determine the carbon footprint of dining options.

Hanley Sustainability Institute 2017-2019 has supported undergraduate research in the carbon footprint of campus food buying options, resulting in an honor's thesis as well as the introduction of a vegan meal station and educational materials at one of the campus dining halls. HSI also supports a student leader to assist the Dakota Center (a neighborhood community center) in initiating and maintain an on-site garden, and supports the programming and staff of Mission of Mary Cooperative, an urban farm and education center. Other UD outreach efforts supporting learning and research about sustainable food systems include students participating in Semester of Service placed in local food system and urban agricultural centers building their capacity to provide food to under-served populations.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have other sustainability-related initiatives (e.g. health and wellness initiatives, making culturally diverse options available)?:
Yes

A brief description of the other sustainability-related dining initiatives:

Dining services offers culturally diverse options including Halal meat at one location (Virginia W.Kettering) and several other diverse cuisines at “Spice” in Kennedy Union dining. Spice includes Mexican Monday, Middle East Tuesday, Asian Wednesday, Italian Thursday and Coastal Friday. Other locations also offer some diverse menu items.

Students, faculty & staff have access to Net Nutrition, which provides nutrition, ingredient and allergen information online, for foods served on campus. Students with a special diet need may have access to the A+ Room for additional food choices.

UD Dining‘s Registered Dietitian, Joan Bauman, meets with students regularly to provide customized meal planning, facilitate one-on-one consultations with the dining halls’ Chefs, and educate students on balanced nutrition.

UD Dining Services worked with on-site franchise, Au Bon Pain, to switch their take-out containers to compostable. In 2019, 75-80% of ABP's take-out containers are now compostable.

Partnering with UD Human Resources Wellness program, HSI offers Lunch and Learns for employees, with themes such as Carbon Footprint and your Lunch Plate, connecting eating choices to wellness and low-impact living.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the food recovery competition or commitment program or food waste prevention system:

The university participates in RecycleMania, which has a food waste diversion and recovery/donation component.

Food waste is limited because of a la carte food preparation.


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:

At UD, all Dining is ala carte, not All You Care To Eat, which limits tray use and reduces post-consumer food waste. So, trayless dining has not been implemented because we do not use a large amount of trays even though they are available. At Kennedy Union, trays are only available upon request.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor donate food that would otherwise go to waste to feed people?:
Yes

A brief description of the food donation program:

Dining services donates leftover food to Food Recovery Network and City Gospel Mission. At the end of the semester, perishable food items are also donated to St. Vincent DePaul's.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor divert food materials from the landfill, incinerator or sewer for animal feed or industrial uses (e.g. converting cooking oil to fuel, on-site anaerobic digestion)?:
Yes

A brief description of the food materials diversion program:

Dining services diverts compostable waste from the landfill (food and compostable serviceware). We have been composting since 2009. This compostable material is converted to mulch and soil conditioner.

UD Dining also recovers and recycles cooking oil through Restaurant Technologies Inc. (RTI). RTI picks up used cooking oil from Kennedy Union dining. They then work with other companies to recycle the oil, or re-use the oil so that it is not going into landfills.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a pre-consumer composting program?:
Yes

A brief description of the pre-consumer composting program:

All pre-consumer food waste is sorted and collected at all three dining halls on campus for composting. Dining services has slow-grind system and food waste is going to industrial compost facility, with the end product used as soil conditioner or mulch. UD uses both pre-consumer and post-consumer compostable material.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a post-consumer composting program?:
Yes

A brief description of the post-consumer composting program:

Post-consumer food waste is sorted and collected in the kitchens of all three dining halls on our campus. In addition to food scraps, we have converted all disposable products used on campus to compostable alternatives. While washable china, flatware and cups are encouraged, we do offer disposable "take-out" containers, cups and flatware, which are all compostable. Initiating composting on our campus has reduced waste from our dining units by over 90%. Dining services has a 3-trash system where compostable waste is sorted in our dishrooms and put in compostable compactor unit for hauling to commercial composting facility.


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:

Reusable dishes, utensils and cups are available to all the Dining Halls for "dine in" meals.

For catering, it is the option of the requesting department to use reuable serviceware.


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:

We have been using compostable containers since 2009. Previously, compostable service ware and food waste were hauled to an off-site composting facility. This year (2017-2018), UD implemented an on-site composting program.


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

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

For "to-go" beverages, UD sells reusable mugs and offers a discount on all coffee, tea and fountain drinks purchased using the mug.


Has the institution or its primary dining services contractor implemented other materials management initiatives to minimize waste not covered above (e.g. working with vendors and other entities to reduce waste from food packaging)?:
Yes

A brief description of other dining services materials management initiatives:

With two of our local vendors, we re-use containers to minimize packaging waste (Davidson Family Growers [lettuce] and Barry's Bagels).


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