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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.

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Liaison Eric O'Brien
Submission Date March 1, 2013
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University of Northern Iowa
OP-T2-3: Trayless Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Carol Petersen
Director of Dining
Department of Residence
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Does the institution have a trayless dining program in which trays are removed from or not available in dining halls?:
Yes

A brief description of the trayless dining program:

During a pilot study conducted during Spring Semester 2009, the University Dining Services determined that for an average week at the two main campus dining centers (Piazza and Rialto), Dining Services would reduce its waste by 3,490 pounds by going trayless.

Based on this information, the University Dining Services has gone to a nearly trayless program by removing most tray locations from the dining centers. The trays are only available to individuals that specifically desire them. Currently the Realto dining center is fully trayless, while the Piazza dining center is greater than 90% trayless.


The website URL where information about the program is available:

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