A collegiate culinary-arts program in central Oregon and a high school in Phoenix earn top honors for exemplary practices in sustainability.
Kendall College and the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) presented 2013 CAFÉ/Kendall College Green Awards to two culinary-arts training programs during a June 20 reception at CAFÉ's 9th annual Leadership Conference for Foodservice Educators in Miami, Fla.
Cascade Culinary Institute (CCI) at Central Oregon Community College in Bend received this year's award. CCI's Jungers Culinary Center, which opened in late-2011, was built to Earth Advantage gold-certification standards. Successful management of day-to-day operations includes composting, recycling and use of green chemicals for ware washing. Additionally, CCI's public restaurant and student training lab, Elevation, focuses on locally sourced produce, proteins, cheeses and grains.
This year marks the first that a runner-up culinary training program received a CAFÉ/Kendall College Green Award: Metro Tech High School in Phoenix. Metro Tech has launched numerous initiatives including a sustainable garden and orchard, rainwater harvesting, aquaponics, a riparian habitat, recycling and water-bottle refilling stations as well as the Sustainable Table Café, a fully operational eatery featuring local, sustainable foods prepared by culinary-arts students.
As 2013 recipient of the Green Award, CCI received a cash prize of $1,000. Both CCI and Metro Tech High School received engraved plaques and complimentary full registrations to CAFÉ's Leadership Conference.