Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.22
Liaison Olivia Wiebe
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Idaho
OP-8: Sustainable Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Kimberly Howe
Director of Marketing and Guest Experience
Idaho Eats
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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:

The Soil Stewards student-led organic farm holds Harvest sales during the peak harvest seasons. The sales are every Thursday 4-6 p.m. from the end of June through October. On average, 20-30 campus and community members visit the stand. 2-4 students from the club work the booth, depending on the week and season. The sales include all the seasonal vegetables the farm produces and selections change throughout the summer that are always harvested the day of sale.

There is also a Community Supported Agriculture weekly box with 20 members in 2022.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-themed food outlet:

Idaho Eats serves fair trade certified coffee that's USDA Organic and Rainforest Certified at multiple locations across the University of Idaho campus. In addition, Idaho Eats partners with local favorite One World Coffee who serves Landgrove Coffee, roasted locally in Troy, ID, with many different varieties of beans, many of them fair-traded.

The Eatery offers a dedicated plant-based station that provides a variety of vegetarian and vegan meals for lunch and dinner. Other plant-based items are served in the Eatery and identified by the Balanced U Icon system, specifically the vegetarian and vegan icons. In addition, the Eatery offers an allergen-free station that serves food that excludes the top 8 allergens.

Plant-based eats like black bean burgers, Impossible meat, vegetable wraps throughout Idaho Eats dining locations.


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:

In addition, Chartwells at the University of Idaho purchases from local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from Fire House Ice, Idaho Ice, Moscow Co-Op, Vandal Brand Meats, UI's Hydroponic Club, and Moscow Rotary Club.

Finally, through Charlies Produce (1,000 associates / larger than medium size), we purchase fruits and vegetables from the following local farms: Sunset Produce, Davidson Commodities, Northern Fruit Co. and Ostrom Mushroom Farms.


Estimated percentage of total food and beverage expenditures on products from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local SMEs:
0.01

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:

Our dining hall features a dedicated vegan and vegetarian station. We also offer plant based alternatives in retail dining locations and catering services.


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:

All dining facilities supply robust well-built vegan and vegetarian options. The Dining hall (Eatery) always served a plant-based option at the dedicated vegan and vegetarian station. Plant-based alternatives are available at all retail dining locations and catering services.


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:

Menu items are labeled with the "Balanced U" symbols: Balanced, Vegan, Gluten Free, and Vegetarian; both in-person and on the dining website.


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:

Internal waste-tracking system 'Waste Not' tracks post-production food waste. Pre-consumer food waste is weighed and tracked at each Idaho Eats dining location, then used to determine improvements for food waste reduction in food prep and portioning.


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 University of Idaho went trayless in September 2010 and reduced post-consumer food waste by approximately 60%. In addition, hot water and dishwashing chemicals were reduced by approximately 40%.


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:

Food is donated monthly. Jack and Olive prepackaged items and cases of fresh produce have been donated to the West Side Food Pantry in Moscow, Idaho.


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:

The Eatery Dining Hall provides reusable plates, bowls, cups, and flatware.


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)?:
No

A brief description of the compostable containers and service ware:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the reusable container discount or incentives program:
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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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Soil Stewards Harvest Sale: Alison Detjens, Faculty, College of Agriculture

Kim Howe, Director of Marketing and Guest Experience; Idaho Eats

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