Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - January 3, 2022
Aramark Identifies 350 Lower Carbon Footprint Dishes
Food service provider Aramark is piloting a program at 10 U.S.-based universities to offer dishes with a lower carbon footprint on residential dining menus this semester.
The World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Cool Food Meals badge will appear on Aramark menus as part of the pilot program beginning in the spring 2022 semester. The badge identifies dishes with a lower carbon footprint and will appear on more than 350 menu items.
The universities participating in the pilot are Arizona State University, Florida State University, Slippery Rock University, St. Bonaventure University, the University of California Irvine, the University of Mississippi, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the University of Virginia, and Western Washington University.
WRI measured the carbon footprint of hundreds of Aramark’s recipes to identify items that meet Cool Food Meals criteria, based on the ingredients from farm to fork and the land used to produce the meal. If a dish’s carbon footprint falls below an established per meal threshold and also meets nutrition safeguards, it is approved as a Cool Food Meal. Some examples of Aramark dishes that will be labeled as a Cool Food Meal include Mediterranean Falafel Plate, Five Spice Sesame Tofu Salad Bowl, Shawarma Chicken Ciabatta, and Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Sandwich.
“We are excited to make it easier for students to identify climate-friendly choices on dining menus, with the addition of the Cool Food Meals badge,” said Jack Donovan, President and CEO of Aramark’s Higher Education business in a statement. “Reducing Aramark’s impact on the planet is a critical priority. Our own research has shown that 60% of consumers want to reduce their meat intake. Our 350 Cool Food Meals recipes use less beef and lamb, so we are meeting our guests’ desires, as well as making these items climate-friendly.”