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November 2, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Green Mountain College's Chartwells Team Earns Regional Award

POULTNEY, VT-Chartwells Dining Service at Green Mountain College has been recognized for outstanding community relations, corporate responsibility and sustainable food practices by Compass Group, Chartwells' parent company.

On behalf of the College, dining services director and Poultney resident Dave Ondria accepted the 2009 Be-A-Star Account of the Year Award for the Northeast Region at an awards ceremony at Eastern Connecticut State University October 15. Be-A-Star is a Compass Group program recognizing associates and teams for best practices-the GMC Chartwells office is one of 43 in the New England Region.

"Three placings are awarded for each of the five stars in the program and each star focuses on a different area of business excellence," according to Cindy Ondria, assistant director of dining at GMC and Dave's wife. "The GMC unit took two first places and a third place in three out of the first four stars. The fifth star was won by being named Regional Account of the Year."

At Green Mountain College, Chartwells operates a successful recycling and composting program in the dining hall and kitchen and follows ethical consumer trends like sustainable seafood purchasing, use of trans-fat free oils, and buying hormone free milk. This year the dining hall eliminated food trays, a move that reduces food waste and cuts energy costs. Dave and Cindy Ondria also represented Chartwells as part of Green Mountain College's delegation to the Slow Food Terra Madre event in Turin, Italy last October. The event focused on building support for youth involvement in food and agriculture reform, and the Ondrias participated in the presentation "Stewardship of the Land from One Generation to the Next" with GMC Farm & Food Project director Philip Ackerman-Leist, farm manager Kenneth Mulder, and student Ryan Dixon.

"Chartwells is helping the College explore new ways to offer local, organic food options in the GMC dining hall," said Green Mountain College president Paul Fonteyn in a letter of support for the award application. "Dave and Cindy have helped us reach our goal of supplying 13 percent of our annual food budget from locally grown foods."

The award also cited GMC's Chartwells operation for its contributions to the Poultney community. Under the Ondria's leadership, Chartwells supported the annual Rotary Dinner raising funds for the Poultney School District, and partnered with GMC students to raise funds for UNICEF and Education USA during Poultney's April Fools Cook-Off.

Chartwells is the educational food service company owned by Compass Group North America. In 2008, Compass Group PLC was named the world's 20th largest employer by Fortune magazine.


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