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University of Maryland–College Park

Dining Survey

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Name:    Colleen Wright-Riva 
Title:
   Director of Dining Services 
Date survey submitted:
   July 16, 2009 

1) Total annual food budget:
[$    13,230,000            ]

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?
[ X   ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

Questions 3-5 pertain to locally grown purchases.
3) From how many local forms or growers do you purchase (excluding on-campus farms/gardens)?
[ #   0    ]  Number from which you purchase directly.
[ #  1     ]  Number from which you purchase through a distributor. Please specify name and location of distributor:   Coastal Sunbelt Produce 

4) How much do you spend annually on purchasing food that was grown or raised locally?
[$  311,000           ]

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):   
Milk, mushrooms, fresh poultry, some fish and seafood 

Questions 6-8 pertain to locally produced and/or processed items .
6) From how many local processors do you purchase?
[ #    0   ]  Number from which you purchase directly.
[ #   8    ]  Number from which you purchase through a distributor.  Please specify name and location of distributor:  US FoodService and others

7) How much do you spend annually on purchasing food that was processed locally?
[$   1,262,298          ]

8) Please list items you purchase that are processed locally (e.g., bread, granola, ice cream, baked goods, yogurt, cheese):    
 Bread, bagels, donuts, milk, croissants, sushi, pizza dough, canoli, ice, spices, canned tomatoes, meats, mediterranean, Jamician pies, poultry 

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

10) Do you source any food from an on-campus farm or garden?
[  ]  No
[ X   ]  Yes. Please describe source and amount:  Dining Services has a very small roof-top garden that produces tomatoes and herbs 

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?
[ X   ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

13) Do you purchase organically grown or produced food?
[  ]  No
[ X   ]  Yes. Please list items:    We purchase a variety of items to resell in convenience stores 

14) How much do you spend annually on organically grown or produced food?
[$           ]  unknown, but minimal at best 

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?
[ X   ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).
[   %]  Grass-fed. Type of animal product:
[   %]  Grass-fed. Type of animal product:

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

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:  milk

[   0  %]  Percentage hormone- and antibiotic-free. Type of dairy product:  cheese 

19) Do you purchase seafood that meets Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines or Marine Stewardship Council standards?
[  ]  No
[ X ]  Yes. Please indicate.
[  100   %]  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:  Options offered daily - minimum of one entree item, but often more 

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
[  X  ]  Some. Please describe:  A fair trade option available at all locations 
[  ]  All

23)  Do you purchase other Fair Trade Certified food products?
[  X  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).
[   %]  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  - plastic, no 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:  Students receive a discount when they use refillable cups/mugs/bottles 

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.  Both dining halls, the food court and one retail location.   These represent over 75% of food service volume, not number of locations
[   %]  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.   Both dining halls, the food court and one retail location.  These represent over 75% of food service volume, not number of locations 
[   %]  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:   samples and leftovers donated to DC Central Kitchen 

31) Do your dining facilities have a trayless dining program?
[ X   ]  No
[  ]  Sometimes--on specific days, on certain occasions, or in specific locations. Please describe:
[  ]  Yes--standard practice. Please describe program including date started and, if available, data on reduced food waste or water consumption:

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):

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
[  X  ]  Plastics (all)
[  ]  Plastics (some)
[ X   ]  Other. Please list:   Refrigerants, cooking grease and oils, motor oils, batteries, fluorescent light tubes 

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

35) What is the dining services' current waste-diversion rate (the percentage of recyclable waste diverted from traditional disposal)?
[    95     %]   Dining Services recycles virtually all of its waste. including food and non-food products 

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:
[  ]  Contracted. Please describe:
[ X   ]  School operated. Please describe:   Dining Services is a self-funded, enterprise unit on campus.  Employees are University employees 
[  ]  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:  Director and Senior Associate Director work on several committees and collaborate with The Office of Sustainability frequently 

 

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