The Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) are accepting applications for the 2015 CAFÉ/Kendall College Green Award.

“Sustainability, once dubbed the wave of the future for the foodservice industry, is the reality today,” says Christopher Koetke, CEC, CCE, HAAC, vice president of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts and Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts.

The CAFÉ/Kendall College Green Award, which since its inception has been sponsored by Kendall College, is the first national award to recognize high-school and professional culinary-arts and baking/pastry programs for their commitment to practicing ecological sustainability on campus and/or integrating innovative teaching of sustainability in the curriculum.

All secondary and postsecondary culinary-arts and baking/pastry programs in the United States, whether diploma- or degree-granting, are eligible. While more than one program may be awarded, a single outstanding program will receive a $1,000 cash prize plus complimentary registration to the 11th-Annual CAFÉ Leadership Conference, June 18-20, 2015, in Niagara Falls, NY, where this year’s award will be presented.

According to Mary Petersen, founder and president of CAFÉ, the winning program will be selected for its level of innovation; perceived impact on students’ understanding of sustainability practices and their importance; and the ease with which elements of the program can be implemented in other programs nationwide.

Last year’s award went to Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in the heart of downtown Miami, Florida.