Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Phil Valko
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Washington University in St. Louis
IN-8: Dining Services Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Aamna Anwer
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainabilty
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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) No
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 Yes

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

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

The Green Dining Alliance (GDA) certifies St. Louis region restaurants in sustainability and offers practical, pragmatic strategies to help them lower their environmental impact. The GDA certification audit focuses on seven categories:
- Recycling & Waste Reduction
- Sourcing & Procurement
- Water Conservation
- Energy Conservation/Efficiency
- Chemical Use
- Awareness & Education
- Innovation

In order to be GDA certified, a restaurant must receive at least two stars. Out of the twenty-one total dining outlets across the campuses, three of Washington University’s restaurants have undergone the certification process and have received five stars, the highest achievable rating. Two of the locations are on the main undergraduate Danforth campus and one is on the Medical Campus.

The Whittemore House and Ibby's on the Danforth campus earned a 5-star rating from the GDA program:

Farmstead Cafe on the Medical Campus also earned a 5-star rating from GDA:

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable dining certification program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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