“That doesn’t mean we will stop there, but it is a really great pledge to get it going,” Folt said.
Claire Hannapel, the leader of the UNC Real Food Challenge, said the group designed this commitment in fall 2015 through a collaboration with the administration, Carolina Dining Services and FLO Food, which is a student organization that stands for fair, local and organic.
“That has been really what this semester has been about — hearing each other’s opinions and collaborating and finding a way to meet in the middle, and this campus commitment has been that middle,” Hannapel said.
Folt said UNC was a National Grand Prize winner for campus dining sustainability, according to the National Association of College & University Food Services.
“On top of that, we are also trying to build an edible campus so not only can we come to these places, we are going to try to eat the greenery that is out there,” Folt said.
After Folt spoke, she and Brad Ives, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises, signed the commitment.
“I am ecstatic,” Hannapel said. “It’s huge and I think this really provided a lot of closure for me as a senior to set up a framework for students that are leading this effort long term to really jump in too.”
Ives said UNC is already close to the commitment’s goal, with 19 percent of food in the dining halls being fair, local and organic.