Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.07
Liaison Erin Akins
Submission Date March 5, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Saskatchewan
OP-8: Sustainable Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Erin Akins
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a published sustainable dining policy?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable dining policy:
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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:

Marquis Culinary Center sources leafy greens and vegetables from the College of Agriculture roof-top garden. This garden is an urban agriculture demonstration projects. Fresh herbs are also grown in the kitchen and outdoors. Vegetables and fruits are also purchased from a student organised horticulture club that is operated out of a Horticulture field facility.


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:

The Campus Farmer's Market was launched in September 2016. The program is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, the Student's Union and the Saskatoon Farmer's Market. The Campus Market is set-up once a month and hosts local food and craft vendors.


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:

The U of S culinary centre is a buffet layout with a salad bar, fresh sandwich bar, pasta bar and a variety of hot dishes that change daily. Seeds, nuts and beans are available daily at the salad bar together with quality plant-based fats including olives, olive oils and local cold-pressed camelina oil. The pasta and sandwich bars also have a variety of vegan ingredients available. Vegetarian hot dishes that include legumes, soy or whole grains are available and change daily; often this dish is also vegan-friendly. Locally grown lentils are featured heavily within the menu.


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:

Culinary Services hosts a food-waste prevention week where outreach materials are placed in the dining hall to support food waste reduction behaviours among students eating in the dining hall.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host sustainability-themed meals (e.g. local harvest dinners)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-themed meals:

Culinary Services hosts a local food week annually in September where the dining hall features and promotes local foods and dishes all week. All meals are based on locally purchased foods and signage is available to increase the awareness of local foods.


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:

Plasma screens located in the food buffet area highlight the sustainability efforts of the dining centre. Information on local food purchases, sustainable options such as cage-free eggs, and water conservation efforts such as tray-less dining are featured on rotating slides. During local food month, labelling and signage indicate which dishes and ingredients are local.


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:

Culinary Services supports, collaborates and provides input into student food-related Sustainability Living Lab projects. They also host sustainability information on their web page. Periodically they also survey students on their interest in making local food options available to students.

Culinary Services also partners with 3rd-year nutrition student to host projects on healthy eating. These projects are consistent with Dietitians of Canada recommendations and have included awareness campaigns, nutritional analysis of dishes and guided healthy eating tours of the culinary centre. Culinary Services is also working with Human Resources' Health and Wellness branch to offer healthy cooking classes for staff and faculty.


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:

The International Street-Food week is organised and hosted in conjunction with the International Students and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) on campus and it features contributions from other local cultural groups such as the Saskatoon Chinese Cultural Club.


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:

Culinary Services adopted new procedures such as batch cooking as well as controlling kitchen production to reduce food waste. Food waste is weighed daily and the results are tracked and reported to kitchen staff to reinforce and report on the success food waste prevention procedures.


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:

Trays were removed from the dining hall and buffet area.


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:

Culinary Services has recently signed-up with Food Renew, a local organization assisting is food redistribution. USask provides donations when possible. Due to our buffet service format, very limited amounts of food can be donated. Primarily, lunch-box style catered events will produce donated food.


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)?:
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?:
Yes

A brief description of the pre-consumer composting program:

A food waste dehydrator was installed to process pre and post-consumer organic food waste from the Culinary Services kitchen. Dehydrated food waste is added into onsite composting piles along with landscape materials. Liquid extracted from the food waste is used as a fertilizer in flower beds during summer months.


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:

A food waste dehydrator was installed to process pre and post-consumer organic food waste from the Culinary Services kitchen. Dehydrated food waste is added into onsite composting piles along with landscape materials. Liquid extracted from the food waste is used as a fertilizer in flower beds during summer months.


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:

All plates, bowls, glasses and cutlery are reusable.


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:

Platters for catering delivery and to-go containers for hot foods are compostable.


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:

Discounts for customers that bring their own mugs are available at all outlets operated by Culinary Services. This includes all Tim Horton's locations on campus, Starbucks, Subway, the Arts Cafeteria and the Agriculture Cafeteria.


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)?:
No

A brief description of other dining services materials management initiatives:
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