Project CAFÉS

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Project CAFÉS was a collaborative effort to assess the environmental sustainability of student-run cafés at University of Chicago, and to make recommendations to further increase sustainable operations. In order to achieve its research and recommendation fulfillment goals, GCRC worked with a practicum of students led by Dr. Sabina Shaikh  and received input and support from the University of Chicago’s Office of Sustainability, the University’s Center for Leadership and Involvement (CLI),  Environmental, Agriculture and Food Working Group (EAF), Chicago Studies Program, Program on the Global Environment, and Public Policy Studies Program. Learn more about the project at theEnvironment, Agriculture and Food Working Group's website.

Access the full report on Project CAFÉS HERE




The Sustainable Chicago Sports Project, dubbed #GreenChiSports, is a public education and engagement campaign highlighting sustainability practices and conservation efforts of Chicago’s professional sports venues and teams. Using the #GreenChiSports hashtag, Chicago sports fans can learn about efforts by their favorite teams, venues, and events to care for the environment. By snapping photos around the city and at games, fans are encouraged to get in on the fun and share #GreenChiSports facts with one another over social media.

Press Release

Green Sports Alliance Presentation


GS-55: Sustainability Standard

We partnered with Green Seal, an independent nonprofit providing sustainability certification for products and services, in launching GS-55—a sustainability standard for restaurants and foodservices. It established rigorous criteria that minimize environmental impact in several categories: food sourcing through use of foods produced in a sustainable manner; waste management, including food waste, compostable waste, recycling, and water quality management; energy use; water consumption; and the use of other environmentally-preferable products and services.

Read more about the launch of GS-55