Approved by the: Student Senate - May 25, 2012
Administration - no action required*
Board of Regents - no action required

*Thank you for forwarding the Student Senate's resolution supporting the Real Food Challenge. The University of Minnesota is involved in many sustainability efforts across our campuses and as stated in the resolution, has led the way in many areas. The University was an early participant in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System(TM) (AASHE STARS) and continues to be an active reporter to AASHE STARS. Sustainable foods and dining practices are tracked for the University and have scored high in the past several years. These reports are available to the committee if desired. The University supports AASHE as being transparent, objective, supporting sustainable change and very applicable. Keeping tabs on all that is being done related to sustainability across all of our campuses continues to be a challenge. For all of the above reasons, the University and University Dining Services will continue to utilize AASHE STARS as their primary record around sustainability.

Resolution Supporting the Real Food Challenge Voting

Because the University of Minnesota has led the way in educating the public on the ways in which it understand food systems, the Student Senate believes that the administration of the University of Minnesota should consider the feasibility of signing on to the Real Food Campus Commitment through the Real Food Challenge ( As per the Campus Commitment, the Student Senate believes that the University of Minnesota should:

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