NACFUS announces 2014 Sustainability Awards winners

A grand-prize winner will be selected at this summer’s conference.

The National Association for College and University Foodservice (NACUFS) has named the winners of the 2014 Sustainability Awards. The Sustainability Awards “annually recognize and honor member institutions that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the promotion and implementation of environmental sustainability, specifically as it relates to campus dining operations,” according to the organization’s website.

As dining services plays a vital role in overall sustainability initiatives and standards on college and university campuses, the NACUFS awards spotlight this role on member campuses that submitted entries, while recognizing forward-thinking programs within five categories: procurement practices, energy and water conservation, waste management, materials and resources, and outreach and education. An overall grand-prize winner, the NACUFS Award for Excellence in Sustainable Dining, will be chosen from the gold category winners and awarded during the NACUFS annual conference in Baltimore in July.

Here are the 2014 winners by category:

Waste Management
Gold – Washington University at St. Louis
Silver – University of Western Ontario
Bronze – University of California, Berkeley

Materials and Resources
Silver – University of Connecticut

Outreach and Education
Gold – University of Montana
Silver – Washington College
Bronze – North Carolina State University

Procurement Practices
Gold – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Silver – Michigan State University
Bronze – Purdue University

There is also a student component of the awards program, the Green Champion Student Award, which recognizes a student from a member school “who has demonstrated leadership in the promotion and implementation of sustainable dining on his or her campus,” according to NACUFS. The gold winner will be presented with a $1,000 cash prize at an on-campus event.
The 2014 Green Champion Student winners are:

Gold – Kathleen Hunt, University of Utah
Silver – Steven Brickel II, Michigan State University
Bronze – Samuel Durfee, Plymouth State University

For more information visit nacufs.org.

More From FoodService Director

Ideas and Innovation
trail mix

We’ve added fueling stations in our units for our workers who didn’t have time to eat or just need a snack. We have areas set up with trail mix, crackers, cookies and water. It helps us avoid people feeling or getting ill, especially when we get closer to exam periods and student workers are studying and not taking the time to eat.

Ideas and Innovation
reusable coffee cup thermos

We were inspired by a book titled “Influence” to start a sustainable cup program called My Cup. All 15,000 new students receive a reusable cup with their name on it, which they can use at the dining halls. Personalizing helps them invest in the program and actually use it.

Menu Development
quinoa bowl

In a time of growing health consciousness, it might not be enough anymore for food to be merely filling. According to Technomic’s 2016 Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report , diners are looking for food with a function, such as those with high protein content, immunity-boosting properties, antioxidants, probiotics and more. The data suggests 63% of consumers see these foods as healthier than those without any specific nutritional function—and would be more likely to buy them.

But are those stated preferences translating on an operational level? There, the answer is less clear. Baby...

Ideas and Innovation
phone bed call sick

We make people call and directly talk to their boss or supervisor if they are reporting an absence for a shift. While it is more cumbersome, it is a conscious decision. We have adapted and implemented electronic methods to obtain efficiencies in just about every other functional area, except for electronic absence reporting systems. The direct supervisor can put more pressure on an employee to show up—especially those with some form of the “Super Bowl plague”—than any electronic system can.

FSD Resources