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Katie Hunt receives national award for sustainable food initiatives

Katie Hunt Photo Credit: University of Utah Dining ServicesKatie Hunt, doctoral student with the Department of Communication, recently received the Green Champion Student Award for her work with the U's Dining Services.

Hunt was recognized as the top student by the National Association of College and University Food Services for her effort in promotion and implementation of sustainable dining on her campus. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize.

Hunt, who is the sustainability coordinator for Dining Services, was recognized for her work in furthering their sustainability mission:

Through a campus grant program, Hunt oversaw Dining Services’ participation in the Real Food Challenge, a nonprofit program aimed at analyzing food purchasing habits and quantifying the amount of “real food” served at colleges and universities across the country. She also taught undergraduate service-learning classes that created awareness of anti-hunger advocacy campaigns across campus; partnered with the Salt Lake City Rescue Mission to donate unused, prepared food from campus to those in need; and she was responsible for introducing a produce passport and veggie valet to the campus farmers market. (From

Last Updated: 9/20/21