Education & Outreach

Campus Dining Services is highly committed to being responsible community members and actively engaging our students, guests and staff in resource recovery, waste reduction and sustainable food practices.

Some of the programs and events we offer include:

Green Food Gatherings 

A monthly program featuring various food sustainbility topics, led by industry experts. All sessions take place in the C4C Treehouse Room from 5:30-6:30pm. 

  • January 26: Sustainable Food - Practices for On- and Off-Campus
  • Febrary 23: Food That is Natural - What Does that Mean?
  • March 23: Sustainable Eating - How and Why?
  • April 27: Love the Earth, Grow Your Own Food

Nutrition Forums

Join us for this monthly event led by our registered dietitian, Allison Smith. We'll be covering a variety of topics throughout the semester that are focused on helping students maintain healthy bodies and minds while balancing busy lives. You can expect a welcoming environment filled with lively discussions, plus there's frequently foods to taste and special guests. No need to sign up, just show up!
All sessions are held in the C4C Dining Center Treehouse Room from 5:30-6:30pm.

Wednesday, February 1: Dietitian's DISH - Building a Balanced Plate: The key to healthy eating is balance! Join Campus Dining Services registered dietitian to learn how to find balance in your nutrition and build a healthy plate in CU's own dining centers.

Wednesday, March 15: Good Mood Food - Feeling hangry all the time? Nutrition plays an important role in mental health. Join registered dietitian, Allison Smith, to learn how you can boost your mood and mind with food you can find right here in the dining centers! This forum will provide you with tips and trick on how to eat your way to happier you!

Wednesday, April 5: Mythbusters - Time to face the facts! Google any nutrition topic and you will find a lot of information... but is it fact or fiction? Join Campus Dining Services' registered dietitian, Allison Smith, to learn the truth about common nutrition myths and get evidence-based answers for all of your healthy eating questions.

Wednesday, May 3: Surviving Off Campus - You're on your own! For many students, this is the first time you will be planning and preparing meals for yourself. These skills are essential to a healthy lifestyle. Join registered dietitian, Allison Smith, and one of our own CDS chefs to learn how to plan meals, grocery shop on a budget and prepare easy, healthy dishes. 

Scrape Your Plate Day

Take Less, Waste Less: A collaborative campaign to reduce food waste

Campus Dining Services (CDS) and the Environmental Center, collaborate each year to host Scrape Your Plate Days. On SYP days, we will collect and measure food scraps left on plates during lunch and dinner to track waste. We will use this data to create awareness, with the goal of seeing a reduction in food waste through the semester. This fall we will host SYPD on:

  • January 25: Center for Community Dining Center and Village Center Dining
  • February 22: Center for Community Dining Center and Village Center Dining
  • March 22: Center for Community Dining Center and Village Center Dining
Date Total Food Scraps (in pounds) Waste Per Person (in pounds)
Spring 2016 1467.7 .27
September 13 1093.72 .20
October 5 1062.2 .18
November 10 848 .16
January 25, 2017    
February 22    
March 22    

Learn more about campus dining and campus composting on the housing waste management and resource recovery webpage and also on the ecenter's website

Sustainability and Nutrition Tabling 

Available the opening week of fall semester to introduce students to services and events related to sustainability, health and wellness.

Like our Campus Dining Services Facebook Page to keep up-to-date on all upcoming events.

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