|Submission Date||Feb. 28, 2018|
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CSU Board of Trustees 2014 Sustainability Policy:
Sustainable Food Service
1. All campus food service organizations should track their sustainable food purchases. Such tracking and reporting will be grounded in the Real Food Challenge guidelines, or equivalent, with consideration to campus requested improvements. Campuses shall strive to increase their sustainable food purchases to 20 percent of total food budget by 2020. (14-New)
2. Campuses and food service organizations shall collaborate to provide information and/or
training on sustainable food service operations to staff and patrons. (14-New)
CSU, Chico Associated Students 2007 Food Purchasing Policy:
Be it further resolved; 20% of the total available food on campus from AS Food Service be produced and shipped from within CA; the AS Purchasing Policy shall give purchasing preference to food producers within close proximity to CSU, Chico.
After several years of planning and collaboration, CSU, Chico’s organic vegetable project completed its first year of harvest in 2008. The project started out small with just one acre of the available 10-acre certified organic plot. Three acres are currently in production, half of which produces vegetables for the campus food pantry.
Half the produce grown on the University Farm's Organic Vegetable 3-acre plot is sold to 25 campus community members through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
There are daily vegan options at Sutter Dining Hall, where on campus residents eat, as well as a dedicated vegan station called Plant Base. The Student Union Marketplace also offers a few vegan options including Chinese stir fry, greens and grains, and a salad bar.
Sutter Dining Hall recently hosted an insect-based "entomophagy" meal to highlight the lower environmental impact of insects as a protein source instead of beef or other meats.
"Grains and Greens" is a station in the main food marketplace that serves nothing but sustainability-themed meals. Meals feature food that is local, fair, humanely raised and ecologically sound, and all include whole grains and leafy greens.
"Urban Roots" - the Associated Students decided to devote a space to a convenience store with grab-and-go food items, prepared by A.S. Dining, that fit what students consider to be “real food” or “whole food.” Prepackaged products come from manufacturers that are local and/or committed to sustainability. Fresh salads, sandwiches and wraps contain as many local ingredients as possible. Urban Roots opened in the Student Union building in Spring of 2017.
Sutter Dining Hall is located in LEED-certified residence hall: the Dining Area, as does the rest of the building, includes a significant amount of signage highlighting the green building and maintenance features that contributed to the certification. The Student Union Marketplace and two smaller food marts on campus feature signage and labeling highlighting various real food options and sustainable features of products ("v" for vegan), such as fair trade certified coffee and free range meat products.
Associated Students Dining Services has committed to the Real Food Challenge and the A.S. Sustainability Office has an established Real Food Internship Team. The student(s) in this role support the accounting required for compliance with the RFC. They also work to promote the goal to the campus community and to highlight related efforts through education and outreach.
Three dining related resolutions have been passed through the AS Board of Directors. One requires that all to-go dishware, cups, and silverware be compostable. A second resolution strives to increase organic food availability by making 25% of the total produce on campus grown in California and USDA certified organic. And the third was a goal of achieving zero waste by 2015. The goal was not met however the effort continues through waste audits, switching to materials that can be anaerobically digested, and new educational signage in dining areas.
During the annual residence hall move-out waste diversion program, "Diversion Excursion," some 5,000 lbs of food goods are collected and donated to the Wildcat Food Pantry.
Sutter Dining Hall, where most on-campus residents (2,200+) eat, is an all-you-can-eat-per-swipe, totally trayless dining facility.
Excess food from Associated Students Catering events is made available to students for a limited time once the event has ended. This program was established a few years ago and has been through a successful trial period. Various notification systems alert students to the availability of the food, location and time.
Used cooking oil from the Student Union Marketplace is collected and picked up by a biodiesel manufacturer.
All food that is not used in final product at Residential Dining Sutter Hall and the Student Union Marketplace is collected and picked up by Recology and taken to a local anaerobic digester which produces electricity, burned off, or used as vehicle fuel.
All food left over at Residential Dining Sutter Hall and the Student Union Marketplace is collected and picked up by Recology and taken to a local anaerobic digester which produces electricity. A small portion of the food waste is composted on-site in an educational Compost Display Area.
Residential Dining Sutter Hall is 'dine-in' only and does not provide single-use service ware. The Student Union Marketplace food is served in 'to go' packaging: the facility is not equipped for a large-scale dishwashing operation.
At the The Union Market Place there is an 'EcoTainer' option of paying an initial three dollar charge to get a reusable clam shell container that can be used for any menu item, and returned dirty to receive a wooden token that is good for another reusable container. The wooden token can be returned for a three dollar refund.
Salads sold through Urban Roots are served in a tall jar that is refudable and reusable.
At any coffee shop on campus if a customer uses their own mug no matter the size they receive a discount of $0.20 on the price of the cup of coffee. Same with sodas.
AS Dining is in the process of "going strawless" in the main Marketplace and both smaller marketplaces. Customers will have the option of paying $1 for a reuse-able steel straw or can have a paper straw if needed.
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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.