This year, the Sustainable Campus Index, an annual publication by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), highlighted UT Austin’s Good Food Purchasing Program as an innovative and high-impact initiative.
The following text is published in the report:
University of Texas at Austin is the first institution of higher education to participate in the Good Food Purchasing Program as a partner with the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability. Partners work with the Center for Good Food Purchasing to determine how they can track their purchasing according to five value categories (local economies, valued workforce, environmental sustainability, nutrition and animal welfare). The adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Program amplifies and celebrates the existing mission and values of both partner institutions. In the last year, the Housing and Food Service department reduced the university’s ecological footprint by sourcing over 525,000 pounds of produce from on-campus community gardens and local farms.