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Report Card 2011

American University

Dining Survey

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School name: American University

Date submitted: July 22, 2010

 

 

1) Total annual food budget (2009-2010).

 

[X]  Check this box if you would prefer that this number not be published.


2) Please indicate the dollar amount spent in the 2009-2010 academic year on products within each category below.

Fruits and vegetables        

 

$555,820

Dairy

 

$175,995

Eggs

 

Meat and poultry

 

$284,932

Seafood

 

Coffee

 

$16,204


LOCALLY GROWN AND PRODUCED FOOD


3) Please check items that you purchase from local growers or processors.

We define “local” food as food that has been grown, raised, produced, or processed within 150 miles of the campus.

[X]

 

Vegetables

[X]

 

Fruits

[X]

 

Milk

[X]

 

Processed dairy products (ice cream, cheese, yogurt, butter)         

[  ]

 

Grains and beans

[X]

 

Meat

[X]

 

Poultry

[  ]

 

Eggs

[  ]

 

Seafood

[X]

 

Baked goods

[  ]

 

Granola/cereal

[  ]

 

Maple syrup, honey, etc.

[  ]

 

Beverages

[  ]

 

Sauces, spreads, hummus, salad dressing, etc.

[  ]

 

Other. Please describe:  

 

4) What dollar amount of the 2009-2010 food budget was spent on purchasing food that was grown or raised locally?

$968,000

 

5)  From how many local farms or growers do you purchase food (excluding on-campus farms/gardens)?

 

Number from which you purchase directly:  25

Number from which you purchase through a distributor:  15

Please specify name and location of distributor:  Hearn and Kirkwood, Maryland

6) How much did you spend in the 2009-2010 academic year on purchasing food that was processed locally?

$156,000

 

7) From how many local processors do you purchase (excluding on-campus farms/gardens)?

 

Number from which you purchase directly:  6

Number from which you purchase through a distributor: 

Please specify name and location of distributor:  

8) Do you source any food from an on-campus farm or garden?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

 

Source:  Community Garden

Items procured:  vegetables and basil

Dollar amount spent:  partnership with university

 

ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLY PRODUCED FOOD         

 

9) Please check items that you purchase that are organically grown or produced:

“Organically grown or procured” can be defined accord to USDA or Quality Assurance International standards.

 

[X]

 

Vegetables

[X]

 

Fruits

[  ]

 

Milk

[  ]

 

Processed dairy products (ice cream, cheese, yogurt, butter)         

[  ]

 

Grains and beans

[X]

 

Meat

[  ]

 

Poultry

[  ]

 

Eggs

[  ]

 

Seafood

[  ]

 

Baked goods

[  ]

 

Granola/cereal

[  ]

 

Maple syrup, honey, etc.

[  ]

 

Beverages

[  ]

 

Sauces, spreads, hummus, salad dressing, etc.

[  ]

 

Other. Please describe:


10) How much did you spend on organically grown or produced food in the 2009-2010 academic year?

$53,050

               

Please note: For questions 11-14, please indicate the percentage based on dollar amount spent in the 2009-2010 academic year.

 

11) Do you purchase cage-free/free-range eggs and/or confinement-free animal products?

 

If yes, please provide details below.

 

 

 

Product name

 

Percentage purchased

 

Additional comments

Cage-free/free-range eggs:

 

shell eggs

 

100%

 

cage free certified humane

Confinement-free product 1:

 

 

 

Confinement-free product 2:

 

 

 

Confinement-free product 3:

 

 

 

Confinement-free product 4:

 

 

 

 

12) Do you purchase any vegetarian-fed animal products?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

 

 

 

Product name

 

Percentage purchased

 

Additional comments

Vegetarian-fed product 1:

 

natural beet

 

100%

 

Vegetarian-fed product 2:

 

 

 

Vegetarian-fed product 3:

 

 

 

Vegetarian-fed product 4:

 

 

 

Vegetarian-fed product 5:

 

 

 

 

13) Do you purchase hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and/or dairy products?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

 

 

 

Product name

 

Percentage purchased

 

Additional comments

Hormone-free product 1:

 

natural beek

 

100%

 

Hormone-free product 2:

 

milk

 

100%

 

Hormone-free product 3:

 

turkey breast

 

100%

 

we only purchase turkey breast raised without antibiotics as a routine feed additive

Hormone-free product 4:

 

chicken

 

100%

 

we only purchase chicken raised without antibiotics as a routine feed additive

Hormone-free product 5:

 

 

 


14) Do you purchase seafood that meets Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines and/or Marine Stewardship Council Blue Ecolabel standards?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

 

 

 

Product name

 

Percentage purchased

 

Standard used

 

Additional comments

Seafood product 1:

 

 

100%

 

Seafood Watch

 

All seafood served at American University is in line with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Guidelines

Seafood product 2:

 

 

 

 

Seafood product 3:

 

 

 

 

Seafood product 4:

 

 

 

 

Seafood product 5:

 

 

 

 

 

15) Do you offer specifically labeled vegan entrees on a regularly scheduled basis?

Please indicate whether your school offers specifically labeled vegan entrees. If yes, please provide the average number of labeled vegan meals offered each week.

28

 

16) Please list and give the dollar values for any other sustainably produced food items you purchase that are not included above:

 

Product name

 

Dollar amount

 

Additional comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS


17) Do you purchase Fair Trade Certified coffee?

Yes, fair-trade coffee is available in all coffee-serving locations on campus but non-fair trade coffee is also served.

 

18) Do you purchase other Fair Trade Certified food products?

No

 

If yes, check all that apply:

[  ]

 

Chocolate

[  ]

 

Tea

[  ]

 

Bananas

[  ]  

 

Other. Please describe:

 

DISHWARE AND ECO-FRIENDLY INCENTIVES


19) If you offer disposable dishware at your dining services locations, please indicate materials used. Check all that apply.

[  ]

 

Plastic

[  ]

 

Polystyrene (Styrofoam)

[X]

 

Post-consumer recycled content        

[X]

 

Biodegradable/compostable

[  ]

 

Other. Please describe:


20) Do your dining facilities offer discounts or cash incentives to individuals who use reusable dishware, bring a bag, or bring reusable containers?

Yes

 

If yes, please indicate items for which incentives are offered, and describe the incentives below:

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[  ]

 

Reusable bag

 

[  ] 

 

Reusable dishware

 

[X]

 

Reusable mug

 

we offer $.40 discount on all coffee purchases for individuals bringing a reusable mug

[  ]

 

Reusable to-go container

 

[  ]

 

Other. Please describe:

 

 

FOOD COMPOSTING AND WASTE DIVERSION

 

21) Do your dining facilities compost pre-consumer food scraps?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

 

Percentage of meals for which pre-consumer food scraps are composted:  100%

Additional information: 

 

22) Do your dining facilities compost post-consumer food scraps?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

 

Percentage of meals for which post-consumer composting is available:  100%

Additional information: 


23) Do your dining facilities donate excess food to a food bank, soup kitchen, or shelter?

Yes

 

If yes, please describe below.

 

DC Central Kitchen and Capital Food Bank


24) Do your dining facilities have a trayless dining program?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

 

Percentage of meals served on campus that are trayless:  100%

Year trayless program was started:  2009

Additional comments:  All meals in the dining room at American University are trayless.

 

25) Please tell us about any other steps your dining facilities have taken to reduce waste.

Mark all that apply and describe in the space provided.

 

[X]

 

Food waste audit or study   

[  ]

 

Recycling used cooking oil for biodiesel production

[  ]

 

Removal of bottled water from all facilities operated by dining services        

[X]

 

Other. Describe: As part of Bon Appetit's Low Carbon Diet program American University implemented a 12 week Food Waste Reduction campaign to cut food waste by 10% and we achieved our goal.  The campaign included a two pronged approach: managing the waste in the kitchen and also encouraging cafe guests to minimize leftovers on their plates.  Bon Appetit staff members at American University diligently collected all the kitchen food scraps in buckets and measured the waste for many weeks.  Also American University faculty and students visually learned about their excess food waste as Bon Appetit staff collected their leftovers in large buckets on display in the cafe.

 

RECYCLING OF TRADITIONAL MATERIALS

 

26) Please indicate which traditional materials your dining facilities recycle. Check all that apply.
Please discuss only the materials you recycle specifically in the dining facilities. We ask about materials recycled campus-wide in a separate survey. Please do not include electronics in this listing, as this is also asked in a separate survey. Recycling of used cooking oil for biodiesel production should be described in Question 25.

[  ] 

 

None   

[X]

 

Aluminum

[X]

 

Cardboard

[X]

 

Glass

[X]

 

Paper

[  ]

 

Plastics (all)

[X]

 

Plastics (some)

[  ]

 

Other. Please list: 


27) Are recycling receptacles located throughout dining locations?

No


28) What is the dining services' current waste-diversion rate (the percentage of recyclable/compostable waste diverted from traditional disposal)?

Please provide information specifically about your dining services’ operation. If information is unavailable, leave blank. Do not use the overall diversion rate for the campus-wide recycling program.

 

AFFILIATIONS
Please note: Questions 29-30 are for informational purposes only; responses will not be included in the Report Card evaluation process.


29) Indicate whether your dining services are contracted or school-operated.
[X]  Contracted
[  ]  School-operated
[  ]  Other. Describe:


30) 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?

We are involved with the Community Garden, EcoSense, Recycling and food waste programs.

 

 

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