Higher Education

This section includes resources that may be useful for food service operations at colleges and universities. This page is continuously updated as resources are identified; unsolicited submissions of links for inclusion on this page are not considered. Links are provided for information only and should not be construed as endorsements by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), the Prairie Research Institute, or the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

General Resources

Dining Halls

  • Many of the resources and suggested activities suggested for K-12 schools on this website might also be applicable to higher education dining halls. Begin by exploring the “Suggested Activities” in the K-12 section of this website. Contact the Ilinois Sustainable Technology Center’s Technical Assistance Program for help with applying principles in that section to your situation, or for additional guidance. You can email istc-info@illinois.edu for general inquiries. To schedule a site visit, see https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/9191780.
  • Food Recovery Network. Start a chapter at your institution. Students recover the surplus food from their dining hall by packaging it, putting it in a freezer or fridge overnight, and then transport the food to a local hunger relief agency (e.g. a food bank, food pantry, soup kitchen, etc.) the next day. The FRN National Team provides guidance and informational resources to new and existing chapters as well as grants to help chapters purchase recovery materials. Their support includes regular check-ins, resource sharing, and consulting.

Dorm/Residence Hall Rooms

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Food Courts

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