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University of Texas–Dallas

Dining Survey

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Name:  Keith Foreman           
Title:
  Director of Dining Service
Date survey submitted:
 7/31/09

1) Total annual food budget:
[$  2.7 million          ]

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:

As a global company, we are acutely aware of the impact of our operations on the communities in which we live and do business.  Acting responsibly is part of our corporate DNA and is at the very heart of our vision and values.  We have made a mark by being the most recognized and awarded company in our industry for sustainable initiatives revolving around elimination of antibiotic meats, use of cage free eggs, use of environmentally safe seafoods, using local farmers for direct deliveries of fresh products, elimination of trans fat oils, using biodegradable products, and much more.

 

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

4) How much do you spend annually on purchasing food that was grown or raised locally?
[$   240,000 ]

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):  

Peaches, eggs, other fruits                                       

6) From how many local processors do you purchase?
[ # 0   ]  Number from which you purchase directly.
[ #7    ]  Number from which you purchase through a distributor.  Please specify name and location of distributor:

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

 

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

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

Shiefs Dairy

 
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:

Answered in number one


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

Not know at this time – automatically sent due to purchasing agent – not allow to buy other products

 
14) How much do you spend annually on organically grown or produced food?
[$   unknown ]

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?
[  ]  No
[X ]  Yes. Please indicate (repeat for each product).
[ 100]  Percentage cage-free eggs
[ 100]  Percentage confinement-free. Type of meat product:
[ 100]  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:

Unknown at this time – purchase supplier only allows us to purchase what approved

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

Everyday we have one station dedicated to serving these type items

 

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 ]  All

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

Unkown at this time

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).
[  ]  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:

Reusable drink cups, bags to carry product


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?
[X ]  No – not at this time but working on implementing once halls open

 

 ]  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.
[   %]  Proportion of dining facilities that run preconsumer compost programs.
[      ]  Annual tonnage of preconsumer compost.

29) Do your dining facilities compost postconsumer food scraps?
[X  ]  No – not at this time
[  ]  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.
[   %]  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.?
[X  ]  No – not at this time
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

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:

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):

Food waste auditing records, recycling cooking oil, separating paper, plastic, etc


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)
[  ]  Plastics (some)
[  ]  Other. Please list:

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

35) What is the dining services' current waste-diversion rate (the percentage of recyclable waste diverted from traditional disposal)?
[50       %]

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:
[  ]  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?
[X  ]  No
[  ]  Yes. Please describe:

 

 

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