At the beginning of 2021 five new Pitt Eats dining locations on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus became the newest Live Well Allegheny Restaurants. They are The Eatery, Schenley Café, Petersen Events Center- Shake Smart, Petersen Events Center- Steel City Subs and the Cathedral of Learning. We interviewed Pitt Eats’ Sustainability Director Lisia de Lima Spellman to learn more about how they use food to encourage health, wellness, and sustainability on campus.
What is the background/history of Pitt Eats’ sustainability initiatives?
We believe serving healthy and nutritious food provides a foundation for lifelong learning. We are proud to feed future leaders and understand the immense responsibility to nourish our guests’ minds and bodies. We believe that wellness goes beyond our dining halls. To support a well-balanced healthy lifestyle, we create programs that help our guests live life to its fullest. From sourcing our ingredients to preparing our menus, we keep health and wellness at the forefront of everything we do.
How does Pitt Eats’ commitment to sustainability assist the efforts of Live Well Allegheny?
Pitt Eats’ commitment to sustainability embraces the system as whole, including the environment and the people. Providing healthy and nutritious food to our guests is how we assist the efforts of Live Well Allegheny.
What do you consider the greatest success to come from Pitt Eats’ sustainability efforts so far?
We consider each sustainability initiative a great success and each one of them will create an impact in the environment and in the community. Reducing waste, increasing the amount of sustainable food purchasing, reducing GHG emissions, having more local foods in our portfolio, donating food, and donating 5% of a purchase back to the Pitt Pantry are examples of the sustainable initiatives we drive.
What are your plans moving forward?
- Expanding the Real Food Challenge across campus to serve 25% Real Food by 2025.
- Serve 50% of to-go meals and beverages in reusable containers by 2025.
- Serve meals that put plants at the center of the plate by decreasing the amount of animal-derived products sold by 25% by 2025.
- Expand food waste composting 50% by 2025.
- Reduce landfill waste by 25% by 2030 from 2017 levels.
To learn more about the Pitt Eats dining locations, or other Live Well Allegheny Restaurants visit the Live Well Allegheny Restaurants page.