Dining in distinction

Thorne Dining Hall at Bowdoin. Photo credit: © Dennis Griggs, Tannery Hill Studio, courtesy of HerCampus.com

Four schools in The ‘Cac were listed among “20 Most Conscientious College Dining Halls” by Best Colleges Online.

Tufts: Tufts helped to form the dining revolution in 1995, bringing in more offerings. They changed from a salad bar, deli bar, and hot food line to a variety of platforms including vegan and vegetarian options.”

Colby College: Colby College practices environmental awareness in its dining services. The dining services department is working to reduce bottled water on campus, as well as the campus’ carbon footprint. The school follows the recommendations for fish species, and utilizes bulk packaged foods whenever possible.”

Middlebury College: Students at Vermont’s Middlebury College enjoy sustainable practices in their dining halls. One dining hall has a green roof, which boasts grasses and vegetation that reduce heating and cooling costs as well as storm water runoff, while providing a wildlife habitat. The college’s dining halls are tray free to save energy and water, and the school makes sizable purchases of local foods.”

Bates College: Bates College was one of the first college     members of the Green Restaurant Association, with 30% of its food budget going to local products. This school’s dining       services recycles, composts, or diverts 82% of their waste, and used cooking oil is sold for biodiesel, so a dumpster is not needed.”

 In February Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Colby were recognized by HerCampus as “Top 10 College Dining Halls

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