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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.76
Liaison Kimberly Williams
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

George Washington University
OP-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Ronda Chapman-Duer
Sustainability Project Facilitator
Division of Operations
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Percentage of total dining services food purchases comprised of conventionally produced animal products:
33.80

A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory expenditures on animal products:

Percentage is expenditures for animal products divided by total food spend.


Does the institution offer diverse, complete-protein vegan dining options at all meals in at least one dining facility on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution provide labels and/or signage that distinguishes between vegan, vegetarian (not vegan), and other items?:
Yes

Are the vegan options accessible to all members of the campus community?:
Yes

A brief description of the vegan dining program, including availability, sample menus, signage and any promotional activities (e.g. “Meatless Mondays”):

GW has numerous venues in which vegan options are offered on a daily basis. Pesto, Greenfield's, Thyme, Bamboo, and Metro Diner offer daily vegan options in the central eateries provided by Sodexo.


A brief description of other efforts the institution has made to reduce the impact of its animal-derived food purchases:

Participating in the Meatless Monday program. Meatless Mondays take place in J Street and Pelham Commons. Vegetarian meals are highlighted and students are educated about the benefits of going meatless. Animal agriculture has been implicated by the United Nations as one of the top contributors to global environmental problems, due to its vast use of water, land, and fossil fuels, and high carbon dioxide and methane emissions. Prominent environmental organizations have advocated for reduced meat consumption. According to Environmental Defense Fund, “If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains…the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Meatless Mondays at GW is a partnership between Sodexo, Campus Support Services and the Office of Sustainability.


The website URL where information about the vegan dining program is available:
Annual dining services expenditures on food:
941,937 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:
318,374 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:
18,152 US/Canadian $

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