|Submission Date||Jan. 28, 2016|
|4.00 / 4.00||
An inventory and list can be made available from the Real Food Challenge website.
We have NO on-site franchises, convenience stores, vending machines, or other food & beverage purchase outside of our dining hall. All of our on-campus food comes from the Sterling Kitchen. They feed the community 3 times a day, 7 days a week, and is always open for beverages and snacks that are covered in the inventory above.
Sterling College has the most progressive food service of any college in the country. We grow a significant percentage of our own food, and source as much local food as possible. We do not use a food-service company. Instead, our chefs work alongside students to cook healthy, creative, and delicious meals. Our kitchen staff works hard to uphold the kitchen’s Mission Statement:
“The mission of Sterling’s Food Service is to manage the food system as an integral part of our educational programs by demonstrating a living-what-we-teach philosophy.”
Our kitchen best demonstrates this philosophy through composting, conserving energy and resources, eating seasonally, preparing our food from scratch, and recycling.
Sterling College participates in the "Real Food Challenge". Here is a description:
The Real Food Challenge leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system.
Our primary campaign is to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources—what we call “real food”—by 2020.
The Real Food Challenge also maintains a national network of student food activists—providing opportunities for networking, learning, and leadership development for thousands of emerging leaders.
|Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution||Yes||Yes|
|Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor||No||No|
|Yes or No|
|Fair Trade Campus, College or University status||No|
|Certification under the Green Seal Standard for Restaurants and Food Services (GS-46)||No|
|Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification||No|
|Signatory of the Real Food Campus Commitment (U.S.)||Yes|
Sterling College is not currently certified under any of the above; however, Sterling College was a participant in the Real Food Challenge where they placed first in the nation in real food. Fair trade campus status is being researched for the college currently. We are also a member of Vermont Fresh Network, www.vermontfresh.net
Sterling College participated in the Real Food Challenge, which has a partnership with AASHE. Sterling was ranked has the #1 higher education institute in the country for local, sustainable, fair trade, and humane, reaching 75% of it's food from these sources. In comparison, the next highest ranking institution reached only 56% real food. Included below is the article from the Sterling College website.
We have no vending machines, convenience stores, or franchises on campus. We grow 20% of our own food.
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.