Kendall and Center for Advancement of Foodservice Education Announced 3rd Annual Green Award Winner
Colorado State Hospitality Management program is recognized for commitment to sustainability
Chicago—June 27, 2011—The Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) presented the 2011 CAFÉ/Kendall College Green Award to the Colorado State University (CSU) Hospitality Management program at Fort Collins, Colo. The award was presented at the CAFÉ Leadership Conference in Providence, R.I. by Christopher Koetke, executive director of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and vice president, Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts.
“The CSU hospitality management program is being recognized for its thorough integration of sustainability throughout its operations and curriculum,” stated Koetke. “Its level of commitment to sustainability and consistent emphasis throughout the curriculum will undoubtedly produce some of the most environmentally savvy graduates in the country.”
Beginning with procurement, CSU’s program works with the university’s horticulture department and CSU experimental farms, to produce as much of its own food as possible. Fifty percent of the remainder is purchased locally, from sustainable producers. This includes all of the beef, lamb, pork and buffalo used in its student-run restaurant, the Aspen Grill, which has earned certification from the Green Restaurant Association. At the other end of the process, the program uses only compostable to-go containers, and recycles or composts as much of its waste as possible. Sustainability is also integrated throughout its curriculum, from introductory classes to its senior seminar course, in which students are required to consider sustainability principles when planning and executing the program’s industry appreciation event each spring.
The CAFÉ/Kendall College Green Award is the first-ever, national award to recognize secondary and postsecondary culinary arts and baking/pastry programs for their commitment to sustainability. Selection criteria are based on the integration of sustainability into educational programs and/or operations and the objective of the award is to build the body of sustainability resources in foodservice education. The winning program also receives a $1000 cash prize.
About The Kendall College School of Culinary Arts
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in business, culinary arts, early childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2500 students. The curriculum combines strong academics with practical experience and international educational opportunities that help give students in business, hospitality and culinary arts programs the skills and expertise to be leaders in their professions. The School of Culinary Arts is one of the leading culinary training programs in the United States. The school offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates in the culinary arts as well as an associate degree and certificate in baking and pastry. The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission has accredited the Culinary Arts associate program since 1988 and the Baking and Pastry associate program since 2008. Kendall College, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), www.ncahlc.org.
Founded in 2002, CAFÉ specializes in providing needed resources to educators so that they may more successfully train students for vibrant, fulfilling careers in the ever-evolving foodservice industry. Through its Web portal; online magazine, The Gold Medal Classroom; and series of skills and learning workshops nationwide, CAFÉ is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of highly specialized professionals who wear two hats as culinarians and teachers. For more information on CAFÉ, visit www.CafeMeetingPlace.com.
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