Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.02
Liaison Nathan King
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2014
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STARS v1.2

Virginia Tech
OP-T2-5: Trans-Fats

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Rial Tombes
Sustainability Coordinator
Dining Services
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Does the institution use frying oil that does not include trans-fats and seek to avoid foods that include trans-fats in its dining operations?:

A brief description of the trans-fats avoidance program, policy, or practice:

In 2007, Virginia Tech Dining Services cut nearly all trans-fats from campus in efforts to improve student health. This move beat major chains like KFC, Burger King, and Taco Bell that made headlines when they made the switch. Frying oils and griddle oils no longer contain trans-fats, with the exception of one franchised venue that provides its own oil. The goal of campus is to be completely trans-fat free, but there are still a very select few items that suitable alternatives have not been found (ex: a vegan margarine). To the largest extent possible, while respecting contractual and choice limitations, Dining Services at Virginia Tech has nearly eliminated trans-fats.

The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:
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