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Sustainability Awards

Congratulations to the 2017 medal winners!

Grand Prize Winner: Unity College

Outreach and Education
Gold – University of Texas at Austin
Silver – University of Massachusetts Amherst
Bronze – College of Saint Benedict

Waste Management
Gold – Unity College 
Silver – Oregon State University
Bronze – Georgia State University

Procurement Practices
Gold – Duke University
Silver – University of Montana
Bronze – Purdue University


The NACUFS Sustainability Awards annually recognize and honor member institutions that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the promotion and implementation of environmental sustainability, specifically as it relates to campus dining operations. The NACUFS Sustainability Awards support the globally accepted triple bottom line philosophy, a method of evaluating operational performance by measuring financial success as well as environmental sustainability and social responsibility—also known as “people, planet, profit.”

With the creation of these unique awards, NACUFS leads the foodservice industry in recognizing the pivotal role that dining services play in the overall sustainability goals of a campus and the daunting challenge that the dining services staff face in satisfying customers and generating revenue while simultaneously minimizing environmental impact.

The annual awards contest will recognize excellence in sustainable campus dining with a gold, silver, and bronze award in each of five operational categories:


An overall grand prize winner will be selected from among the gold category winners.