Green Award Recognizes Excellence in Sustainability Education

Fourth-Annual CAFÉ/Kendall College Green Award Recognizes Excellence in Sustainability Education
Pioneering award honors best practices among foodservice-training programs.

Chicago-February 20, 2012- The Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) are accepting applications for the 2012 CAFÉ/Kendall Green Award. This is the first-ever national award to recognize secondary and postsecondary culinary-arts and baking/pastry programs for their commitment to sustainability. In addition to the award, the winning program will receive a $1,000 cash prize plus complimentary registration to the 9th-Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference, June 21-23, in San Antonio, Texas.

All secondary and postsecondary culinary-arts and baking/pastry programs in the United States, whether diploma- or degree-granting, are eligible. Selection criteria are based on the integration of sustainability into educational programs and/or operations.

“Kendall has dedicated itself to sustainability in its classrooms and operations since 2005, and even more gratifying than the value we’ve reaped on our own campus has been the privilege of sharing our knowledge with other educators and learning from them,” says Christopher Koetke, CEC, CCE, HAAC, vice president of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and of Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts. “By working together to build this body of knowledge, educators everywhere will have the tools to impact the future of our industry and our world through our students.”

According to Mary Petersen, founder and executive director of CAFÉ, the winning program will be selected for its level of innovation; perceived impact on students’ understanding of sustainability practices and their importance; and the ease with which elements of the winning program can be implemented in similar programs nationwide. “We hope to hear from many programs across the country whose commitment to teaching sustainability will serve as an inspiration to all schools,” Petersen says.

Last year’s award went to the Colorado State University (CSU) Hospitality Management Program at Fort Collins for its comprehensive integration of sustainability into all aspects of its operation. Its student-run restaurant, Aspen Grille, is a model of sustainable operation. The restaurant grows much of its own produce and sources micro greens through CSU’s horticulture department. Other foods are locally sourced wherever possible. Even coffee is roasted locally and sourced from environmentally managed estates in Brazil. The restaurant uses only compostable to-go containers, and recycles and composts everything possible. The resulting compost is used as a soil additive, which closes the circle.

Full information about award criteria and the application process is located at www.CafeMeetingPlace.com under the “Instructor Scholarship/Awards” tab. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2012, and the winner will be notified by May 1, 2012.

For more information about the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts’ sustainability initiatives, please visit http://culinary.kendall.edu/about/going-green/.

About the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts:
Kendall College, founded in 1934, is located in Chicago, Illinois. Kendall offers undergraduate degrees in businessculinary artsearly childhood education and hospitality management to a diverse and passionate community of more than 2200 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. Kendall College was ranked the number one program in Chicago for preparing students for careers in hospitality management and culinary arts in a survey of management at Chicago’s leading hotels and Michelin Guide restaurants (ORC International - 2011 Survey). 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. 

Media Contact:
Amber Cerda, 312-752-2472, amber.cerda@kendall.edu