Rules and Judging Criteria
- The competition is open to all NACUFS institutional members in good standing. All entry materials must be designed and produced by the institution entering the contest. Entries cannot be company-wide sustainability promotions/menu/concepts that are for use at multiple locations or institutions as a company program, or submitted previously.
- Member institutions are allowed one entry in one category, per year.
- All entries must be received by April 7, 2020 (deadline was extended). Entries not received by the deadline will be disqualified.
- All entries must be submitted using the online Official Electronic Entry Form. An entry that is not submitted via a completed Official Electronic Entry Form will be disqualified.
- Applicants should choose the category that is the best fit for the initiative to be judged. Combined answers are limited to 2,000 words.
- A maximum of three collateral files may be uploaded as support documentation with each entry. The files may contain examples of: posters, brochures, screenshots of web pages, menus, published articles, white papers, photographs and links to video/photo sharing websites. The three collateral files must adhere to the following criteria:
- Uploaded documents must be in .pdf format.
- The combined size of uploaded .pdf collateral files (maximum of three files), may not exceed 13 megabytes.
- File names must contain name of the institution and the operational category submitting under (example: Hamilton-Community-College-water.pdf). Files for student entries must contain student's name.
- A maximum of 25 photographs may be submitted. Photos may be contained within uploaded .pdf files (web-quality resolution of approximately 72 dpi) or you may provide a link to an album hosted on a photo sharing site (e.g. Flickr, Picasa). Online photo albums must be titled with name of the institution and the operational category submitting under (example: “Saving Water One Drop at a Time at Smith College Dining Services.”) Files for student entries must contain student's name.
- Videos must be no longer than four minutes in length and hosted on a shared web viewing site (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo) or on the institution’s own website. Please provide link. All videos should be titled with name of the entrant institution and the corresponding operational category. Files for student entries must contain student's name.
- If an entry uses materials that could be subject to copyright and/or trademark protections, the entrant institution should consult with the entrant’s legal counsel or appropriate institutional office as to whether written permission from each copyright and/or trademark owner is required. If written permission is required for the purposes reflected in the entry, a copy of each such written permission shall be submitted with the entry and such written permission shall also provide for further publication and use by NACUFS.
- The Sustainability Awards Project Team chair and NACUFS staff will review all entries upon receipt for rule adherence, qualification and reserve the right to recategorize entries if deemed appropriate.
- By entering the competition, permission is thereby given to the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) to publish and/or use in any way the material so submitted.
- Sustainability initiatives/programs entered for judging must have occurred between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020.
Judges will use the following weighted criteria when assessing entries for the Sustainability Awards, regardless of an institution’s size or resources (total of 100 points possible):
Overall triple bottom line (TBL) impact of initiative or program (30 possible points)
Creativity and Innovation (20 possible points)
Low Start-up Resource Costs/High Return on the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) (20 possible points)
Implementation of the initiative required low start-up resource costs in comparison to TBL improvement.
TBL improvement was high in comparison to start-up resource costs.
Low project risk: review-and-revise processes were used in the preparation and in the implementation of the initiative.
Effectiveness of Measurement (10 possible points)
Evidence of tools that measured the initiative's outcomes (data analysis, audits, benchmarked performance, customer feedback, etc.)
Evidence of tools or measurement of overall impact on profit, as well as environmental sustainability and social responsibility (TBL).
Applicability of Initiative (10 possible points)
Ease of Implementation (10 possible points)
Evidence that implementation of initiative from concept to operational practice resulted in minimal disruption of operation.
Planned duration of implementation and time-to-benefit of initiative was not excessive.
Initiative provides options for making follow-up improvements.
Other Considerations (10 possible points)
Evidence that the goals of the initiative were met or lessons learned have changed operational practices to better serve the Triple Bottom Line (TBL).
Evidence of collaboration with other campus or outside organization.
Overall "wow" factor of the initiative.