Harvard University’s undergraduate dining halls have all earned Green Restaurant Association 2- or 3-star certification for their sustainability. Certification recognizes Harvard University Dining Services’ (HUDS) ongoing efforts to operate efficiently and source sustainable products.
“Sustainability is a core value for HUDS,” notes Managing Director David P. Davidson. “We work continuously to reduce the environmental impact of our kitchens and our menus, with the engagement of our staff and customers in making the daily choices that green our operations.”
The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) awards points in seven categories:
- Water efficiency
- Waste reduction and recycling
- Sustainable furnishings and building materials
- Sustainable food
- Chemical and pollution reduction
Each of HUDS’ 13 undergraduate dining halls has been certified, with the majority earning 3-star recognition. Green features of HUDS dining halls include: energy-efficient HVAC, lighting, refrigeration, and exhaust; organic, sustainable, cage-free, and vegetarian or vegan menu options; low-flow water management devices; recycling, composting and reusables for waste management; compostable or recycled material disposables; and other pollution reduction initiatives such as public transportation incentives and reduced packaging.
GRA continues to work with certified restaurants to develop next steps for further practice improvements. HUDS expects to partner with GRA on further certifying its retail locations as well (Sebastian’s at the Harvard School of Public Health is already 3-star certified).
HUDS operates residential, retail, and catering services on Harvard’s campus. Features of HUDS’ sustainability program can be found online at http://www.dining.harvard.edu/about_huds/sustainability.html.