Students at Green Mountain College enjoy meals that rate big on the taste buds and small on the carbon footprint! The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) announced last week that it has re-certified GMC’s dining hall, run by Dave and Cindy Ondria of Chartwells, as a 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant (up from two stars last year). GRA standards provide a transparent way to measure each restaurant’s environmental accomplishments, while identifying next steps towards increased environmental sustainability. Standards include water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, energy use, and incorporation of sustainable food into the menu.
Green Mountain College is home to one of the most innovative dining halls in the country in regards to local foods purchasing and sourcing products directly from our own Cerridwen Farm. GMC’s Sustainable Purchasing Initiative is a program that partners our dining hall food service company and fabulous chefs with faculty, farm staff and students to work within the dining hall’s budget to source more of their food locally and from our farm.