Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.02
Liaison Nathan King
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

Virginia Tech
OP-T2-3: Trayless Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Rial Tombes
Sustainability Coordinator
Dining Services
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Does the institution have a trayless dining program in which trays are removed from or not available in dining halls?:

A brief description of the trayless dining program:

After a post-consumer waste study in the spring of 2008 finding that nearly 30% less food is wasted when trays are not readily offered. As a result, Virginia Tech Dining Services removed trays from our all-you-care-to-eat facilities beginning summer 2008 during the freshman student orientation. The trays were removed during the summer so that incoming freshman students would never “miss” trays when they arrived on campus. Trays are still offered for handicapped guests or other special requests, and are still available at a la carte facilities, where they have never been used on a wide scale.

Washington Post article about trayless dining programs, featuring Virginia Tech: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/17/AR2011021703343.html

Virginia Tech News article about trayless dining: http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2008/06/2008-421.html

List the year the program was started:
June 1, 2008

The overall percentage of meals served on campus that are trayless:

The percentage of meal plan meals served on campus that are trayless:

The percentage of retail facility meals served on campus that are trayless:

The percentage of conference meals served on campus that are trayless:

The website URL where information about the program is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.