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Subject:

ARAMARK Higher Education Raises the Green Stakes on Campuses Nationwide

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"Dr. Ann C. Wilkie" <[log in to unmask]>

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Dr. Ann C. Wilkie

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Tue, 21 Apr 2009 13:47:26 -0500

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ARAMARK Higher Education Raises the Green Stakes on Campuses Nationwide
Business Wire, April 20, 2009

"PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To celebrate Earth Day 2009, ARAMARK
Higher Education, a world leader in providing professional services to
more than 600 colleges and universities throughout North America, has
committed to implement Green Stakes, five key sustainable practices
across all of its operations by 2010. The Company has also partnered
with Clean Air - Cool Planet (CA-CP), an independent, non-profit
organization, to create a calculator tool that more accurately assesses
the carbon footprint or “foodprint” of foods served on campus by
quantifying the environmental impact of growing, producing, transporting
and disposing of food. Once developed, the new tool will help students
make more responsible decisions about the foods they choose.

As part of Green Stakes, ARAMARK Higher Education strives to implement
the following sustainable and environmental practices by 2010:

* Implement an Energy and Water Conservation program at every partner
    campus;
* Only purchase paper products made with recycled content;
* Utilize daily green cleaning products at all locations;
* Divert 100 percent of fryer oil waste;
* Increase the level of sustainable food offerings served by at least 5
    percent per year.

“The issues of climate change, energy conservation and the
over-utilization of natural resources continue to impact everyone,” said
Chris Stemen, Senior Director of Sustainability and Environmental
Stewardship, ARAMARK Higher Education. “Through Green Stakes, our
partnership with CA-CP, and our environmental stewardship program, we
hope to effect positive, sustainable change at all of our partner
campuses nationwide.”

Following are a few examples of successful environmental stewardship
programs across ARAMARK partner campuses:

* Striving for Zero Waste

Zero Waste is the process of safely recycling all materials back into
nature or the marketplace in a manner that protects human health and the
environment.

Portland State University (OR) is striving to become a zero waste
institution by eliminating waste that goes to the landfill. ARAMARK and
Portland State University Dining Services are recycling all cans, glass
bottles, plastic containers, cardboard boxes and paper. They are also
composting all food waste (last year totaling 41.8 tons), and recycling
used cooking oil for conversion into eco-friendly biodiesel.

Several campuses, including University of Florida, Baylor University
(TX), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Peace College (NC) and
Salem College (NC), are now offering reusable to-go food containers that
are dishwasher-safe and made to be reused over and over again, helping
reduce the amount of waste produced from their traditional disposable
counterparts.

Trayless Dining, removing trays from the dining venue, has immediate and
tangible environmental, social, and economic benefits. On average,
elimination of trays reduces food waste by 25-30 percent per person,
while also reducing the cost of energy, water, cleaning agents and waste
removal. More than 50 percent of ARAMARK's campus partners removed trays
from dining halls during the 2008-2009 school year.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), food waste
is the number one least recycled material in the United States. Studies
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture have shown that every year
Americans throw away 96 billion pounds of food, which is equivalent to
3,044 pounds per second.

* Sustainable Food

Arizona State University, New York University and University of Virginia
have opened eco-friendly restaurants and dining halls, featuring locally
grown, sustainable food and environmentally friendly practices.

Through a partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s SEAFOOD WATCH®
program, all ARAMARK partner campuses have committed to preserve our
oceans and fisheries for future generations by encouraging the use of
sustainable seafood."

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090420005118&newsLang=en

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Dr. Ann C. Wilkie                          Tel: (352)392-8699
Soil and Water Science Department          Fax: (352)392-7008
University of Florida-IFAS
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Gainesville, FL 32611-0960
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