Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Rob Andrejewski
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Richmond
OP-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Cathy Moran
Director of Purchasing for Dining Services
University Dining Services
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Percentage of total dining services food purchases comprised of conventionally produced animal products:

A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory expenditures on animal products:

To track sustainable food purchasing, the University of Richmond adopted the Real Food Challenge criteria and utilized an Excel-based spreadsheet based on the Real Food Calculator to track six months of data. We doubled the totals in all categories (to get a year's total) and used the annual expenditure as a denominator to get expenditure percentages in various categories.

Does the institution offer diverse, complete-protein vegan dining options at all meals in at least one dining facility on campus?:

Does the institution provide labels and/or signage that distinguishes between vegan, vegetarian (not vegan), and other items?:

Are the vegan options accessible to all members of the campus community?:

A brief description of the vegan dining program, including availability, sample menus, signage and any promotional activities (e.g. “Meatless Mondays”):

Vegetarian and vegan symbols have been incorporated into our dietary symbols program, which was developed as a reference guide to help individuals with special diets. The Stir Fry and Panini stations prepare entrees to order which increases vegetarian and vegan options. Hot vegan selections are also available throughout the week at the Grains and Greens station. The salad bar includes varied vegetables, beans, tofu, hummus, and an assortment of fresh fruit options. Soy milk is always available.

Here is a sample menu from our boxed lunch selection, which includes vegetarian and vegan options: http://dining.richmond.edu/common/box-lunch-menu.pdf

A brief description of other efforts the institution has made to reduce the impact of its animal-derived food purchases:

There has been a lot of conversation with students, staff, and faculty to incorporate vegetarian and vegan options throughout the University. Heilman Dining Center offers daily hot, vegan options at Grains and Greens, is purchasing a widening selection of meat alternatives, and has added onto an already-robust salad bar, which now includes a prepared salad of the day. Lou's salads are extremely popular with vegetarians and vegans. The cafe at Passport in the International Center offers a vegetarian or vegan option for its Monday-Thursday special and offers many prepared vegetarian and vegan choices in the cooler.

The website URL where information about the vegan dining program is available:
Annual dining services expenditures on food:
6127331 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:
3314886.07 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:
140459.52 US/Canadian $

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