Florida State University has partnered with Aramark to encourage students to make climate-friendly meal choices.
"Florida State University is pleased to participate in this new program as it aligns well with our strategic plan and goal to strengthen our commitment to sustainability," said Kyle Clark, vice president for Finance & Administration at FSU.
The WRI measures the carbon footprint of Aramark meals and then identifies the ones that meet the criteria of the Cool Food Meals program. Essentially, if the carbon footprint of a meal falls below a specific threshold, it becomes approved as a Cool Food Meal.
According to Aramark's website: "The per-meal threshold is based upon a maximum recommended daily carbon footprint for a person's diet, which is 38% smaller than the current average. This is in line with what WRI's research has found is needed by 2030 to help meet the Paris Agreement on climate change.”
"Our campus has some of the most environmentally conscious students, and they already know that we will go above and beyond to provide them with meals that are good for both people and the planet. This pilot, combined with our current sustainability initiatives and programs, will show Seminole Dining as a leader in sustainable dining throughout higher education," says Sarah Williams, the sustainability coordinator for Seminole Dining.
Aramark's sustainability plan, "Be Well, Do Well," focuses on many different important issues such as climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. They also prioritize minimizing food waste and operating more efficiently to create a more sustainable program.