Real Food Challenge
We see UVM’s campus food system as a living laboratory for understanding the connections between production, distribution, consumption, and sustainability. In 2012, UVM signed the Real Food Campus Commitment, committing UVM to purchasing 20% "Real Food" by 2020 and solidifying the institution’s support for the development of a sustainable, local, fair, and humane food system. UVM students advocated for the Campus Commitment as part of the Real Food Challenge national campaign.
Real Food Working Group
Real Food Categories
The Real Food Challenge defines "real food" as food that is local or community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane. Each category uses specific criteria, such as third party certifications, to determine whether a particular product qualifies as "real food."
Real Food Calculator
UVM is also investing in food production infrastructure and renewable energy through the Clean Energy Fund:
- Compost Power: Using Compost Power to Heat a Greenhouse
- Ecological Food and Renewable Energy Systems Greenhouse
Contact Alison Nihart for more information on the Real Food Challenge at UVM.
Last modified October 01 2014 03:56 PM