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Report Card 2011

Vanderbilt University

Dining Survey

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School name: Vanderbilt University

Date submitted: August 24, 2010

 

 

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

$5,800,000

 

[  ]  Check this box if you would prefer that this number not be published.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

 

$810,000

Dairy

 

$250,000

Eggs

 

$64,000

Meat and poultry

 

$975,000

Seafood

 

$120,000

Coffee

 

$62,000


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)         

[X]

 

Grains and beans

[X]

 

Meat

[X]

 

Poultry

[  ]

 

Eggs

[  ]

 

Seafood

[X]

 

Baked goods

[  ]

 

Granola/cereal

[X]

 

Maple syrup, honey, etc.

[X]

 

Beverages

[X]

 

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?

$250,000

 

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

 

Number from which you purchase directly:2

Number from which you purchase through a distributor:4

Please specify name and location of distributor:Gordon Food Service (Shepherdsville, KY); Creation Gardens (Louisville, KY)

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

$100,000

 

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

 

Number from which you purchase directly:3

Number from which you purchase through a distributor:52

Please specify name and location of distributor:

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

No

 

If yes, please provide details below.

 

Source: 

Items procured: 

Dollar amount spent: 

 

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

[X]

 

Milk

[X]

 

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

[X]

 

Grains and beans

[  ]

 

Meat

[  ]

 

Poultry

[X]

 

Eggs

[  ]

 

Seafood

[X]

 

Baked goods

[X]

 

Granola/cereal

[X]

 

Maple syrup, honey, etc.

[X]

 

Beverages

[X]

 

Sauces, spreads, hummus, salad dressing, etc.

[X]

 

Other. Please describe: Chocolate


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

$24,000

               

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?

Yes

 

If yes, please provide details below.

 

 

 

Product name

 

Percentage purchased

 

Additional comments

Cage-free/free-range eggs:

 

Cage-free eggs

 

4.20%

 

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:

 

Grass-fed beef

 

1%

 

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:

 

Beef

 

75%

 

Hormone-free product 2:

 

Dairy

 

1%

 

Hormone-free product 3:

 

 

 

Hormone-free product 4:

 

 

 

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:

 

Seafood

 

15%

 

 

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.

21

 

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, only fair-trade coffee is served on campus.

 

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

Yes

 

If yes, check all that apply:

[X]

 

Chocolate

[X]

 

Tea

[  ]

 

Bananas

[X]  

 

Other. Please describe: Vanderbilt Dining also offers several fair-trade certified beverages in our all natural food store, Nectar, and Commons Grounds, both of which are located on campus.

 

DISHWARE AND ECO-FRIENDLY INCENTIVES


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

[X]

 

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?

No

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Description

[  ]

 

Reusable bag

 

[  ] 

 

Reusable dishware

 

[  ]

 

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:  50%

Additional information:  One of our two primary dining facilities composts pre-consumer food waste only.  Vanderbilt is proibited from composting post-consumer food waste, or any food waste on a large scale, by the Metro Health Department.

 

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

No

 

If yes, please provide details below.

 

Percentage of meals for which post-consumer composting is available:  0%

Additional information:  Vanderbilt is prohibited from composting post-consumer food scraps, or any food waste on a large scale, by the Metro Nashville Health Department.  The Health Department will not issue a permit for composting food waste on a large-scale within city limits because of the potential for vermin and pests.  Only "backyard-sized" composting is allowed within Nashville.


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

Yes

 

If yes, please describe below.

 

Excess food is donated to Second Harvest Food Bank (http://www.secondharvestmidtn.org/).


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

No

 

If yes, please provide details below.

 

Percentage of meals served on campus that aretrayless:

Year trayless program was started:

Additional comments:

 

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.

 

[  ]

 

Food waste audit or study

[X]

 

Recycling used cooking oil for biodiesel production

[  ]

 

Removal of bottled water from all facilities operated by dining services        

[X]

 

Other. Describe: Vanderbilt Dining has installed "Hydration Stations" in its two main dining facilities to help reduce the number of plastic water bottles being purchased in campus markets and ultimately discarded.  The Vanderbilt community can visit these stations to fill their own water bottles with filtered water.  One of Vanderbilt Dining's locations, The Commons, only offers reusable dishware.  Also, an EcoShells reusable container program is being developed for implementation in fall 2010.

 

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?

Recycling receptacles are located at both main dining locations, Rand Hall and the Commons Center, as well as all subsidiary locations.


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.

40%

 

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.
[  ]  Contracted
[X]  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?

Vanderbilt Dining employs a Sustainability Supervisor who is responsible for researching, implementing, and managing all of Dining's green initiatives.  Dining participates in the planning and implementation of many campus-wide sustainability initiatives throughout the year.

 

 

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