Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.38
Liaison Olivia Shehan
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Wellesley College
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Dorothea Von Herder
Sustainability Coordinator
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Bates Gluten Free Dining Room

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

At the beginning of the 2017-2018 academic year, Wellesley's dining service introduced a Gluten Free Dining Room in Bates Dining Hall. The purpose of the room is to accommodate students with gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease who may not feel comfortable with the potential for coming into contact with or cross-contamination from gluten in the regular dining hall.

It is a self-serve kitchen that has a variety of supplies available to allow students that are celiac to cook a custom meal for themselves. We have a refrigerator stocked with sauces, vegetables, proteins and starches along with an electric induction range for cooking. The room also offers a variety of condiments, cereals, desserts, and bread. We currently have 45 students (1.8% of total studentship) registered to use the kitchen.

Campus-wide: Our food service has actually quite an extensive, campus-wide Gluten sensitive dining plan. All dining halls offer gluten sensitive pasta, bread, pizza crusts, desserts, and condiments. We also run an extensive labeling program for all our meals served that identifies which of the daily menu items are gluten sensitive. Students also have the advantage of an on-site dining services dietitian that they can utilize to plan weekly meals that can be served in their dining hall of choice. Campus-wide we spend roughly 30K on gluten-free products a year.

Retail: We also offer an extensive line of products in our convenience store that students can purchase.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Food & Dining
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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