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UM Dining Wins Gold Sustainability Award

April 11, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana learned April 11 that UM Dining has won the Gold 2014 Sustainability Award, given by the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS).

The Sustainability Awards recognize and honor member institutions each year that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the promotion and implementation of environmental sustainability, specifically as it relates to campus dining operations.

“This award validates our educational and outreach efforts that we continue to provide UM students, faculty and staff regarding our ongoing portfolio of sustainable practices,” said Mark LoParco, director of UM Dining.

UM Dining will be recognized with this award at the national NACUFS conference in Baltimore on July 10.

The NACUFS Sustainability Awards support the globally accepted triple bottom line philosophy – also known as “people, planet, profit” – a method of evaluating operational performance by measuring financial success, as well as environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

More than 55 colleges and universities across North America submitted entries in four categories, including procurement practices, outreach and education, waste management, and energy and water conservation. Each entry was judged by a team of collegiate dining professionals, including foodservice directors and sustainability coordinators.

“Sustainability is a growing trend in food service,” said committee chair Sheryl Kidwell of the University of Kansas. “Dining services play a pivotal role in the overall sustainability goals of a campus.”

Each year’s winning entries are displayed at the NACUFS national conference and award winners are publicly recognized. A Grand Prize winner is announced at the annual NACUFS national conference. All winners also receive recognition with a feature article in NACUFS’ magazine, Campus Dining Today.

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Contact: Jerry O’Malley, director of marketing, UM Dining, 406-243-6433, jerry.omalley@mso.umt.edu.