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Sustainability Awards

The NACUFS Sustainability Awards annually recognize and honor member institutions that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the promotion and implementation of environmental sustainability, specifically as it relates to campus dining operations. The NACUFS Sustainability Awards support the globally accepted triple bottom line philosophy, a method of evaluating operational performance by measuring financial success as well as environmental sustainability and social responsibility—also known as “people, planet, profit.”

With the creation of these unique awards, NACUFS leads the foodservice industry in recognizing the pivotal role that dining services play in the overall sustainability goals of a campus and the daunting challenge that the dining services staff face in satisfying customers and generating revenue while simultaneously minimizing environmental impact.

The annual awards contest will recognize excellence in sustainable campus dining with a gold, silver, and bronze award in each of five operational categories:


An overall grand prize winner will be selected from among the gold category winners.

The contest will also include a Green Champion Student Award, recognizing one enrolled student from a NACUFS member institution who has demonstrated leadership in the promotion and implementation of sustainable dining on his or her campus. The Green Champion Student Award will include a $1,000 cash prize. 

Congratulations to the 2014 medal winners!

Waste Management
Gold – Washington University at St. Louis
Silver – University of Western Ontario
Bronze – University of California, Berkeley

Materials and Resources
Silver – University of Connecticut

Outreach and Education
Gold – University of Montana
Silver – Washington College
Bronze – North Carolina State University

Procurement Practices
Gold – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Silver – Michigan State University
Bronze – Purdue University

Green Champion Student
Gold (winner) – Kathleen Hunt, University of Utah
Silver – Steven Brickel II, Michigan State University
Bronze – Samuel Durfee, Plymouth State University