Dining Services' commitment to sustainability is due in part to the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan. Signed in 2009 by Virginia Tech President Charles Steger, the document serves to guide the direction of the University in setting goals to reduce our environmental footprint on campus. The Office of Energy and Sustainability is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Climate Action Commitment and Sustainability Plan. Dining works closely with the Office of Energy and Sustainability to reduce waste, lower our energy usage, and engage in student outreach.
An important measure of sustainability of college campuses comes from the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, also known as “AASHE.” AASHE uses a Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System known as “STARS” to rate the efforts by Universities to promote campus sustainability. In 2014, Virginia Tech scored a gold ranking for its efforts; you can see more information on our ranking here.
Virginia Tech and Dining Services have also received a number of notable awards in recognition of our sustainability efforts and achievements on campus. You can read about them below: