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Dalhousie University

Dining Survey

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Name:   Derrick Hines
Title:
Resident District Food Service Director

Date survey submitted:  

1) Total annual food budget:
$3,200,000

LOCALLY GROWN AND PRODUCED FOOD

Note: Geographic location and seasonal availability are taken into account in assessing your response. "Local" is defined as within 150 miles of your campus.
2) Do you have any formal policies pertaining to local purchases?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

Questions 3-5 pertain to locally grown purchases.
3) From how many local farms or growers do you purchase (excluding on-campus farms/gardens)?
[ #  2    ]  Number from which you purchase directly. (Saputo, Green Island)
[ #  27  ]  Number from which you purchase through a distributor. Please specify name and location of distributor:

  • H&E Keddy Brothers LTD, 1035 Lakewood Rd, Kentville, Nova Scotia, B4N 3V7
  • SYSCO Food Services of Atlantic Canada, 1 Duck Pond Road, Lakeside, Nova Scotia, B3T 1M5


4) How much do you spend annually on purchasing food that was grown or raised locally?
On average 30% of total budget - $960,000

5) Please list foods you purchase that are grown or raised locally (e.g., fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, milk, fish, honey, maple syrup; foods that are processed locally should be listed in question 8):  

Fresh local fruits and vegetables, frozen local fruits and vegetables, milk, some chicken, beef & fish.

 

Questions 6-8 pertain to locally produced and/or processed items .
6) From how many local processors do you purchase?
[ # 3   ]  Number from which you purchase directly. (Scotsburn, Ben’s, Italian Market)

[ # 15 ]  Number from which you purchase through a distributor.  Please specify name and location of distributor:

  • SYSCO Food Services of Atlantic Canada, 1 Duck Pond Road, Lakeside, Nova Scotia, B3T 1M5


7) How much do you spend annually on purchasing food that was processed locally?
On average 10% of total budget - $320,000


8) Please list items you purchase that are processed locally (e.g., bread, granola, ice cream, baked goods, yogurt, cheese):   

Bread, Deli, Sauces, Baking Mixes, Paper Products, Sugar, Processed Salads, Ice Cream, Baked Goods

9) Do you purchase milk from a local dairy?
[  ]  No
[ x]  Yes. Please provide name of dairy and location:

Baxter’s Milk (Saputo), Burnside Nova Scotia

10) Do you source any food from an on-campus farm or garden?
[ x]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe source and amount:

11) Do you participate in a farm-to-school program?
[ x]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe program:

ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLY PRODUCED FOOD
12) Do you have any formal policies pertaining to the purchase of organic and/or sustainably produced food?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available: ARAMARK aims to purchase sustainably produced products, recognize suppliers who reduce their environmental impacts, and utilize environmentally preferable services. 

13) Do you purchase organically grown or produced food?
[ x]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please list items:

14) How much do you spend annually on organically grown or produced food?
[ n/a]          ]

For questions 15-19, please indicate percentage based on annual dollar amount spent.
15) Do you purchase cage-free eggs and/or confinement-free meat products?
[x ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).
[   %]  Percentage cage-free eggs
[   %]  Percentage confinement-free. Type of meat product:
[   %]  Percentage confinement-free. Type of meat product:

16) Do you purchase any grass-fed animal products?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).
[   %]  Grass-fed. Type of animal product:
[   %]  Grass-fed. Type of animal product:

Looking into this.

17) Do you purchase hormone- and antibiotic-free meat?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).
[100%]  Percentage hormone- and antibiotic-free. Type of meat: all

18) Do you purchase hormone- and antibiotic-free dairy products?
[  ]  No
[  x]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).
[100%]  Percentage hormone- and antibiotic-free. Type of dairy product: all
[   %]  Percentage hormone- and antibiotic-free. Type of dairy product:

19) Do you purchase seafood that meets Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines or Marine Stewardship Council standards?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please indicate. in Canada we use Sea Choice. We have a new National Program being developed.
[   %]  Percentage purchased that meets guidelines. Please list guidelines used:

20) Do you offer specifically labeled vegan entrees on a daily, weekly, or other regularly scheduled basis?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please specify number of options and the frequency with which they are offered: Breakfast and at each lunch and dinner. There are 4 or more options – 7 days a week.


21) Please list and give percentages for any other sustainably produced food items you purchase that are not included above:
 

FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS
22) Do you purchase Fair Trade Certified coffee?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Some. Please describe:

[ x ] Pretty much all in residence . However, retail locations such as Tim Horton's and Second Cup do not offer Fair Trade.

23)  Do you purchase other Fair Trade Certified food products?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product). Sugar, chocolate and tea
[   %]  Percentage purchased that is Fair Trade Certified. Type of item:

 

DISHWARE AND ECO-FRIENDLY INCENTIVES
24) Please indicate which of following your university-operated/contracted dining facilities offers.
[  ]  Disposable dishware
[  ]  Only reusable dishware
[ x ]  Reusable and disposable dishware

25) If you offer disposables, please indicate materials used (check all that apply).
[ x ]  Plastic or polystyrene
[ x ]  Postconsumer recycled content
[ x ]  Biodegradable/compostable
[  ]  Other
Description (optional):

26) Do your dining facilities offer discounts or cash incentives to individuals using reusable dishware, bringing a bag, or bringing reusable containers?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe: There is a ten-cent discount for using a reusable mug.

27) Do your dining facilities use any polystyrene products (i.e., Styrofoam)?
[ x ]  No
[    ]  Yes. Please describe:

FOOD COMPOSTING AND WASTE DIVERSION
28) Do your dining facilities compost preconsumer food scraps?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please indicate the proportion of dining facilities that run preconsumer compost programs (e.g. two out of five dining facilities) and, if available, the combined annual tonnage composted. Four out of Four dining halls run pre consumer compost programs.
[ 100%]  Proportion of dining facilities that run preconsumer compost programs.
[      ]  Annual tonnage of preconsumer compost.

29) Do your dining facilities compost postconsumer food scraps?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please indicate the proportion of dining facilities that run postconsumer compost programs (e.g. two out of five dining facilities) and, if available, the combined annual tonnage composted. Four out of Four dining halls run post consumer compost programs.
[100%]  Proportion of dining facilities that run postconsumer compost programs.
[      ]  Annual tonnage of postconsumer compost.

30) Do your dining facilities donate excess food to a food bank, soup kitchen, or shelter, etc.?
[  ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe:  a local soup kitchen – Hope Cottage

31) Do your dining facilities have a trayless dining program?
[  ]  No
[  ]  Sometimes--on specific days, on certain occasions, or in specific locations. Please describe:
[ x ]  Yes--standard practice. Please describe program including date started and, if available, data on reduced food waste or water consumption: Tray less started February 2008 – based on research – saves 800 gallons per day and saves washing 4040 trays per day. $13,000 electricity saved annually.

32) Please tell us about any other steps your dining facilities have taken to reduce waste (e.g., food waste auditing, recycling used cooking oil for biodiesel production): Recycle cooking oil, student projects on waste audits and looking into using cooking oil in our own vans.

RECYCLING OF TRADITIONAL MATERIALS
33) Please indicate which traditional materials your dining facilities recycle (check all that apply).

[    ]  None
[ x ]  Aluminum
[ x ]  Cardboard
[ x ]  Glass
[ x ]  Paper
[    ]  Plastics (all)
[ x ]  Plastics (some) – HRM only recycles #1 and #2 and 4
[    ]  Other. Please list:

34) Are recycling receptacles located throughout dining locations?
[    ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe: Scraping Stations

35) What is the dining services' current waste-diversion rate (the percentage of recyclable waste diverted from traditional disposal)?
[  estimated 90%]

AFFILIATIONS
Questions 36-37 are for informational purposes only; responses will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.
36) Indicate if your dining services are:
[ x ]  Contracted. Please describe: ARAMARK is the university’s contracted food service provider.
[  ]  School operated. Please describe:
[  ]  Other. Please describe:

37) Is the dining services director, or another dining services staff person, a member of any campus-wide environmental/sustainability initiatives or committees at your school?
[    ]  No
[ x ]  Yes. Please describe: Continuous involvement with many student committees and initiatives.

 

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