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Chatham University Ranked 7th for Best Food Sourced Locally by Sierra Magazine’s Cool Schools

Chatham University was ranked 7th in the United States for the best food sourced and grown locally according to Sierra Magazine’s 2015 Cool Schools ranking in the food category. Overall, Chatham was ranked in the top 25 nationally for Cool Schools for the 2nd year in a row. Sierra Magazine is published by the Sierra Club, the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Among many initiatives, the organization helps to promote local agriculture by encouraging consumers to eat locally grown foods.

Parkhurst Dining, the food service partner of Chatham University, supports the school’s efforts by tracking all sustainable and local purchases for the school which totaled more than $183,313.00 or 19% in local food and beverage purchases including ones from area farms and artisans; and $34,391.00 in sustainable purchases in 2014.

Rankings were based on points given for food and beverage purchasing policies, with institutions earning 1/3 of available points (10 points) by calculating the percentage of food expenditures that are local and community-based, or are third-party-certified responsible (certified organic, fair trade, etc.) and they also “earn a portion of the remaining 2/3 [20 points] based on that percentage;” (2) 7 points, pre consumer food waste composting; (3) 7 points, post consumer food waste composting; and (4) 7 points, vegan options. Seven points were allocable to organic garden, with institutions earning all available points for having one or more programs that allow students to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems.

As an organization, Parkhurst spent more than 8.5 million in 2014 local food and beverage purchases in support of local agriculture and business. According to Jamie Moore, Parkhurst director of sourcing and sustainability, “Our success is made possible by a commitment that Eat’n Park Hospitality Group made over 16 years ago to enhance the freshness of its food by creating an innovative local purchasing program it calls FarmSource™, recognized in the industry as one of the top local purchasing programs.”

Today, Moore helps to drive Eat’n Park Hospitality Group’s local sourcing by partnering with more than 250 of the finest local growers, family-owned farms and producers, all within a 150-mile radius of our locations. We are proud to source more than 20% of our food locally, which represents $23.6 million in local purchases.


About Chatham University
Now fully coed, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, has over 2,100 students across three locations. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named a Top 50 Green College by the Princeton Review and mentioned in Forbes as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus.

ABOUT PARKHURST DINING
A member of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, Parkhurst Dining provides authentic culinary experiences to guests at the finest educational institutions, corporations and cultural destinations in its marketing region. Our foundation is built on personal relationships and exceeding the expectations of our guests and team members every day. Join us for a farm-fresh and sustainable dining experience. www.parkhurstdining.com

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Grace Hoyer, Public Relations
Parkhurst Dining
610-349-0844,cell
ghoyer@parkhurstdining.com

 

 

 

Chatham University Ranked 7th for Best Food Sourced Locally by Sierra Magazine’s Cool Schools

Chatham University was ranked 7th in the United States for the best food sourced and grown locally according to Sierra Magazine’s 2015 Cool Schools ranking in the food category. Overall, Chatham was ranked in the top 25 nationally for Cool Schools for the 2nd year in a row. Sierra Magazine is published by the Sierra Club, the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Among many initiatives, the organization helps to promote local agriculture by encouraging consumers to eat locally grown foods.

Parkhurst Dining, the food service partner of Chatham University, supports the school’s efforts by tracking all sustainable and local purchases for the school which totaled more than $183,313.00 or 19% in local food and beverage purchases including ones from area farms and artisans; and $34,391.00 in sustainable purchases in 2014.

Rankings were based on points given for food and beverage purchasing policies, with institutions earning 1/3 of available points (10 points) by calculating the percentage of food expenditures that are local and community-based, or are third-party-certified responsible (certified organic, fair trade, etc.) and they also “earn a portion of the remaining 2/3 [20 points] based on that percentage;” (2) 7 points, pre consumer food waste composting; (3) 7 points, post consumer food waste composting; and (4) 7 points, vegan options. Seven points were allocable to organic garden, with institutions earning all available points for having one or more programs that allow students to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems.

As an organization, Parkhurst spent more than 8.5 million in 2014 local food and beverage purchases in support of local agriculture and business. According to Jamie Moore, Parkhurst director of sourcing and sustainability, “Our success is made possible by a commitment that Eat’n Park Hospitality Group made over 16 years ago to enhance the freshness of its food by creating an innovative local purchasing program it calls FarmSource™, recognized in the industry as one of the top local purchasing programs.”

Today, Moore helps to drive Eat’n Park Hospitality Group’s local sourcing by partnering with more than 250 of the finest local growers, family-owned farms and producers, all within a 150-mile radius of our locations. We are proud to source more than 20% of our food locally, which represents $23.6 million in local purchases.


About Chatham University
Now fully coed, Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, has over 2,100 students across three locations. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon Rachel Carson, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been named a Top 50 Green College by the Princeton Review and mentioned in Forbes as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.” Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus.

ABOUT PARKHURST DINING
A member of Eat'n Park Hospitality Group, Parkhurst Dining provides authentic culinary experiences to guests at the finest educational institutions, corporations and cultural destinations in its marketing region. Our foundation is built on personal relationships and exceeding the expectations of our guests and team members every day. Join us for a farm-fresh and sustainable dining experience. www.parkhurstdining.com

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Grace Hoyer, Public Relations
Parkhurst Dining
610-349-0844,cell
ghoyer@parkhurstdining.com