Friends’ Central School’s Dining Hall has been named a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® by the Green Restaurant Association, a national non-profit dedicated to making restaurants and other dining facilities more sustainable. The Dining Hall, located in the newly renovated Shallcross Hall on the Friends’ Central’s City Avenue campus, was recognized for its sustainability efforts in food offerings, energy and water efficiency, reduced waste efforts, and chemical and pollution reduction. Friends’ Central is one of only three schools that have been similarly certified in the State of Pennsylvania.
Led by Director of Dining Services Chris Rosenbaum and the entire Dining Services Staff, Friends’ Central began offering an even wider range of healthy, delicious, and environmentally friendly offerings and stations with the opening of the new Dining Hall this year. In addition to traditional entrees, a deli station, and a salad bar, Middle and Upper School students and faculty now may choose tasty, meat-free entrees from a vegetarian/vegan station, as well as entrees that are free of the “top 8” allergens: gluten, nuts, tree nuts, shellfish, soy, milk, eggs, and wheat at a “simple servings” station.
From locally sourced items like milk eggs, yogurt, and produce and 100% organic items that take on the “Dirty Dozen” list (popular fruits and vegetables ranked by pesticide contamination) to 100% reusable china (including takeout and flatware) and the elimination of plastic beverage bottles and straws, Friends’ Central School has become a true leader in fresh, healthy, eco-friendly dining in the independent school community and in the greater Philadelphia area.
This recognition by Friends’ Central’s Dining Services is one more example of the many advances in the realm of sustainability. In 2017, the School began a momentous, Board-approved effort to operate in more eco-friendly ways, from installing LED bulbs school-wide and solar panels on the roof of the language building to waste audits on both campuses and a school-wide sustainability commitment. Head of School Craig N. Sellers shares, “We are thrilled to be recognized as a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant and are proud to operate our Dining Services in a more environmentally sustainable way. The continual desire of our faculty, staff, students, and the entire FCS community to find even more ways to peacefully transform the world ensure that Friends’ Central remains ever committed to creating and maintaining a sustainable community.”