Dining

Oberlin College Sustainability Initiative Time Line



Food Waste Audits

YearDescription
Fall 1999 382.3 pounds/day in average diner waste (Stevenson, Dascomb, Lord/Saunders & Talcott)
Fall 2001 518 pounds/day in average diner waste (Stevenson)
Fall 2006 369 pounds/day in average diner waste (Stevenson)
Spring 2008 230 pounds/day in average diner waste (Stevenson)
February, 2009 1st week 105 pounds/meal, 2nd week 91 pounds/meal, 3rd week 73 pounds/meal, 4th week 62 pounds/meal
March, 2009 73 pounds/meal



Education, Collaboration and Awards

Year   Description
1995   Dining Committee re-constituted comprised of General Mgr, Res Ed Director, Res Ed Asst Director, Student Mgr, 2 board diners and 1 OSCA member
2005   "Save the Seafood" Tour-OC, BA Foundation, Monterey Bay Aquarium
2006   "Sustainable Purchasing Program"-OC, BA Foundation, Local Growers
2007   Voted 6th most vegetarian-friendly college by PETA
2007   Featured in New York Times article "Food for Thought: Satisfying Picky," April 22, 2007
2007   Named Sierra Club's top school "that got it" sustainability-wise
2007   Think TV filmed documentary for our Ohio - Calala's shrimp farm
2007   Think TV filmed documentary for our Ohio - Jones Farm and Oberlin College's CDS Programs
2007   Little Green Book for New Students "How To Reduce Waste As A CDS Student Diner" introduced
2008   Named a "Campus Sustainability Leader" by the Sustainability Endowments Institute
2008   Named a "Campus Food & Recycling Leader" by the Sustainability Endowments Institute
2008   WVIZ filmed documentary for PBS's Applause- "Urban Gardens"



Green Packaging

Year % Bioware Items
1997 - - - - - - Reusable Mg Program- use and receive $.50 off any fountain drink
1998 - - - - - - Trial Grab and go reusable carry-out container program
1998 - - - - - - Biodegradable and compostable corn-based cutlery
1998 - - - - - - Recycled & unbleached paper napkins
1998 - - - - - - Recycle: plastic containers, tin cans, glass bottles and cardboard boxes from delivery packaging
2002 - - 10% Biodegrable and compostable carry-out containers: 15 oz salad bowl, 30 oz salad bowl, corn-based cutlery, cellophane bags, recycled cookie bags
2003 - - 20% Paper Straws and wooden stir-sticks
2004 - - 25% - - - - - - - -
2005 - - 30% - - - - - - - -
2006 - - 40% - - - - - - - -
2007 - - 45% Grab and go reusable container program reintroduced
2008 - - 45% Introduce the reusable bag in the Wilder DeCafe



Sustainable Practices and Programs

Year Intro Practice or Programs
1999 Created CDS Recycling Student Job Position
2000 Fair Trade, Shade-Grown Coffee sold exclusively on campus-Green Mountain, Pura Vida, Crooked River Coffee Company
2001 Eco Lab-Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Chemicals
2002 Energy Star Equipment
2004 Recycle 14 gallons used food-grade cooking oil each week- Jones Farm, Full Circle Fuels, Calala Haven, Inc.
2004 Compost 10 gallons of coffee grounds and 100 pounds of kitchen scraps each week- George Jones Farm
2004 BA Greenhouse Construction Partnership with George Jones Farm
2005 OC, BA, City Fresh partner on Box Truck operated on used vegetable oil
2006 First Green Commencement (composted 500 pounds of containers and food waste)
2006 Environmentally friendly chairs at Stevenson & Dascomb
2007 Biodiesel Catering Van
2007 BA Low Carbon Diet day begins at OC
2008 Recycle 100% of used food-grade cooking oil/week or 91 gallons of oil/week - Jones Farm, Full Circle Fuels, Calala Haven, Inc.
2008 Second Green Commencement (composted 300 pounds of containers and food waste)
2008 Introduce tray less program



Healthy Cooking Initiative

Year Action Descriptions
1998 Offer Vegetarian's and Vegan's separate food line
2001 Cooking from scratch - stocks and salad dressings (ranch)
2001 Sustainable seafood purchasing - Monterey Bay Aquarium
2002 rBGH-free milk - Family Fresh Farms/Hartzler's Dairy
2003 Expanded Vegan options-pasta
2003 Antibiotic-free, natural chicken - Gerber's Chicken
2003 Allergy Awareness classes are offered to all management and cooking staff; now required bi-annually
2004 Trans-fat free, cooking oils used exclusively
2005 Begin offering ServSafe training to all cooking staff; continue biannual and ongoing in-house food safety training
2005 Antibiotic-free, natural turkeys - Cooper's Farm
2005 Cage-free shell eggs
2005 Grass-fed natural beef chuck used exclusively
2006 Expanded Vegan options - more entrees at lunch/desserts
2006 BA Mercury Awareness Program begins at OC - only serve seafood with minimal mercury rick
2006 BA Healthy Cooking Initiative program
2007 Nutrition Analysis of at least one entree each meal - Stevenson
2007 Stevenson and Dascomb - new cooking process increases ability to offer "fried foods" with lower fat and calories while maintaining flavor profile without frying
2009 74% of all cooking staff have passed ServSafe training; continue with biannual and ongoing in-house food safety and food allergy training programs



Local Food Vendors

Year Intro % Farm to Fork % Local Vendor or Program
1995 - - - - - - - - Whitehouse Springs, A. Lo Presti's & Sons
1999 - - - - - - - - OC purchases shares in George Jones Farm
1999 - - - - - - - - Miller's Orchard, George Jones Memorial Farm, Gibson's Bakery
2000 - - - - 5%- Green Mountain Coffee
2000 - - - - - - - - First All-Ohio Meal
2000 - - - - - - - - - Oberlin College's Buy Local Program
2001
5%
- - - - - BA Farm-to-Fork program begins at OC
2001   10% - Jorgensen's Apiary
2002
7%
15% - Family Fresh Co-op Milk, Woo city, Judy's Oasis, Inc.
2002   20% - Crooked River and Ag Access
2003
9%
20% Moreland Fruit Farm, schlabach Amish Bakery, Mrs. Miller's Noodles, Stutzman's Farm, Toft's Dairy, Pura Vida Coffee
2004
10%
25% Hartzler's Dairy, Spring Creek Tofu; Crooked River Coffee Company, Stan Evans Bakery
2005
13%
25% BA First Eat Local Challenge
2005
25% Fruitique, City Fresh, Prestis' Sandwiches
2006
15%
25% Calala's Water have, Inc., Cherry Knoll Farms, Creekside Mushrooms, Inc., Michigan Sugar Company
2007
17%
25% Hirzel Canning Company & Farms - Tomato Products
2007
25% Black River Cafe - Muffins
2007
- - - - - 50 Local Vendors
2009
20%
25% Sirna & Sons, Inc. replaces A. Lo Prestis & Sons as local purveyor
2010
23%
27%  
2011
23%
27%  


Note:

  • City Fresh is a distributor for the following Farms:
    • Hostetler Family Farm, Homerville, Ohio
    • Miller Family Farm, Sullivan, Ohio
    • Swartzentruber Family Farm, Homerville, Ohio
    • Yoder Family Farm, Homerville, Ohio

  • Sirna & Sons, Inc. is a distributor for the following farms or packers:
    • Bauman Orchard, Rittman, Ohio
    • Buurma Farms, Willard, Ohio
    • Greenline, Bowling Green, Ohio
    • Holthouse Farms, Willard, Ohio
    • K.J. Greens, Parkman, Ohio
    • Monroe Farm, Mantua, Ohio
    • R. R. Greenhouse, Malinta, Ohio
    • Walcher Farms, Willard, Ohio
    • Walnut Ridge Farm, Avella, Pennsylvania
    • Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio
    • Zellers, Hartville, Ohio





Updated: 5/15/2009