St. Olaf College Dining Services recognized by the nation’s leading conservation and advocacy group
Palo Alto, CA (02/06/06) – National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the nation’s leading conservation and advocacy group, recently recognized a Bon Appétit Management Company café in the 16th edition of Campus Ecology Yearbook for 2005.
St. Olaf College dining services, which is run by California food service provider Bon Appétit Management Company, stood out with its project that was designed to analyze the college’s food flow, incorporate more Earth and human-friendly foods in the menu, and minimize food waste generated on campus.
Bon Appétit’s café at St. Olaf has agreed to purchase all of the produce grown by its student-run organic garden. Students Day Burtness and Dan Borek founded the garden, St. Olaf Garden Research and Organic Works (STOGROW), with assistance from Hays Atkins, general manager of Bon Appétit, and Pete Sandberg, Assistant Vice President for Facilities.
“This student garden is a wonderful reminder that nothing tastes better than fresh, locally grown food. We thank the National Wildlife Federation for recognizing this café, as it embodies the principles behind our Farm to Fork program.” said Fedele Bauccio, CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company.
Farm to Fork is a Bon Appétit company-wide initiative to buy locally. The first choice is to purchase seasonal, regional and organic produce from local farmers and artisan producers within a 150-mile radius. These local products are served within 48 hours of harvest.
“We are excited to feature this project in the Yearbook because of the amazing impact it has had on the campus and local community. What an accomplishment!” said Kristy Jones, NWF’s Manager of Campus Climate Action and Education.
The Campus Ecology program supports and promotes positive and practical conservation projects on campus and beyond to protect wildlife by restoring habitat and slowing global warming.
NWF’s Campus Ecology Yearbook has been published every year since 1989. The 2005 edition includes 56 case studies from more than 40 higher education institutions. The campuses featured the Yearbook are all enrolled in the Campus Ecology program at NWF.
About Bon Appétit Management Company
Bon Appétit Management Co. is an onsite restaurant company offering full food service management by providing café and catering service to specialty venues, universities and corporations. Bon Appétit is committed to sourcing sustainable, local food supplies for all cafés throughout the country. Based in Palo Alto, CA., Bon Appétit has more than 190 cafés in 26 states. www.bamco.com
About National Wildlife Federation
The nation’s largest member-supported conservation organization and advocacy group, the National Wildlife Federation united people from all walks of life to protect nature, wildlife and the world we all share. The Federation has educated and inspired families to uphold America’s conservation tradition since 1936. www.nwf.org