University of Vermont

Food Systems Initiative

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Real Food Challenge

We see UVM’s campus food system as a living laboratory for understanding the connections between production, distribution, consumption, and sustainability. The Real Food Challenge provides the institution with tools and strategies to support the development of a sustainable, local, fair, and humane food system through responsible procurement decisions.

June 13, 2016 Update: UVM On Track to Surpass Goal for “Real” Food Purchases

Real Food @ UVM

  • Since 2009, UVM students have been auditing UVM's food purchases using the Real Food Calculator, as one of the first universities to pilot the tool.
  • In the 2011-2012 academic year, UVM students advocated for UVM to sign the Real Food Campus Commitment as part of the Real Food Challenge national campaign. Their efforts came to fruition in March 2012, when Interim President John Bramley signed the commitment, thereby pledging UVM to purchasing 20% "Real Food" by 2020.
  • The Real Food Working Group, a dedicated group of students, faculty, and staff, is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Real Food Campus Commitment.

UVM is also investing in food production infrastructure and renewable energy through the Clean Energy Fund:

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Contact Alison Nihart for more information on the Real Food Challenge at UVM.

Last modified June 13 2016 11:04 AM