Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Shane Stennes
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Stacey White
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Uncomfortable Dinner Party

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

The Uncomfortable Dinner Party addresses issues of sustainability in food on this University of Minnesota campus, our community, and the world. Dinner guests learn how University Dining Services creates a comfortable atmosphere for discussions about food sustainability that often include competing interests over an enjoyable dinner crafted by our Head District Chef, Scott Pampuch.


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

Interest in and attendance of the Uncomfortable Dinner Parties continues to increase. The events are entering into their third year and conversations continue to advance at the dinner table and throughout our campus.


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 No
Research No
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate No
Buildings No
Dining Services Yes
Energy No
Grounds Yes
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water No
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
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