UMass Amherst Dining Services Honored for ‘Going Green’

AMHERST, Mass. - Dining Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst won a Goldie award in the "Going Green" category at FoodService Director magazine’s MenuDirections 2012 conference held Feb. 26-28 in Charleston, S.C.

Now in their second year, the Goldies are annual awards presented by FoodService Director and the Culinary Institute of America that recognizes the gold standard in non-commercial foodservice.

"Our overall sustainability efforts, in particular the UMass Permaculture Garden, were among the worthy items that caught the judges’ attention," says Ken Toong, executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises at UMass Amherst. "This honor belongs to all members of our campus community who have helped make the garden a showcase for sustainable practices."

The success of the permaculture garden at Franklin Dining Commons, which provides sustainably grown produce to campus dining venues, led to a commitment from the chancellor to plant one permaculture garden each year, noted the judges.

Earlier this week, the permaculture garden was declared the top vote-getter in the White House’s "Campus Champions of Change Challenge."