Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.51
Liaison Aurora Sharrard
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pittsburgh
IN-8: Dining Services Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Nick Goodfellow
Sustainability Coordinator
Dining Services
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Is at least one on-campus dining hall or food service outlet certified by one or more of the following organizations?:
Yes or No
Food for Life (Food for Life Served Here award) No
The Food Recovery Network (Food Recovery Verified) Yes
The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) (Two Star or higher) No
Green Seal (GS-55 Standard for Restaurants and Food Services) No
Leaders for Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF) No
Nordic Swan No
Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) No
Sustainable Restaurant Association (Food Made Good, Two Stars or higher) No
An equivalent third party certification approved by AASHE No

Approximately what proportion of on-site food service outlets (by location or sales) are third party certified?:
50 percent or more

A list or brief description of each certified dining hall or food service outlet, including the certification earned:

FOOD RECOVERY The University of Pittsburgh has been a Food Recovery Verified campus since 2016 (2020 certificate attached). More than 62,000 lbs of surplus food have been recovered from the campus since 2014; these diversions are led by student group "Food Recovery Heroes" in partnership with "Pitt Eats" (Compass), but Pitt staff sometimes support as well.

Pitt's Official Food Recovery Network tracking and public reporting dashboard (very bottom of page): https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/dashboard/

Pitt's Food Recovery Heroes student group's record on Food Recovery Network's Pennsylvania page: https://www.foodrecoverynetwork.org/pennsylvania

Three Pitt eateries have all been recognized as Live Well Allegheny Restaurants: The Eatery, the Perch at Sutherland, and Schenley Cafe. This designation provided by the Allegheny County Health Department is part of Live Well Allegheny, an initiative to improve the health and wellness of county residents and to make Allegheny County the healthiest county in the nation. They provide local resources for healthy living, including recognizing Live Well Restaurants.
Learn more: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/pitt-dining-live-well-allegheny/

The University of Pittsburgh’s two main dining halls have both earned Gold designations under the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants program. The Eatery (formerly Market Central) and the Perch at Sutherland first earned their designations as Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants in 2018 by demonstrating a commitment to take economic, environmental, and social actions that benefit the region.Both of the dining halls at the University of Pittsburgh are certified "Gold" Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants as well.
Learn more: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/pitt-dining-halls-gold-sustainable-pittsburgh-restaurant/

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable dining certification program is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Food Recovery Verification Information for Pitt attached.

Food Recovery Verification Information for Pitt attached.

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