Mark loparcoMark S. LoParco is director of UM Dining at the University of Montana and the executive director of the UM Foodservice Management and Purchasing Consortium. An active member of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) since 1986, Mark is currently serving as president of the association. As a pioneer in collegiate foodservice sustainability, Mark frequently presents at regional and national conferences, and in September 2013, co-presented a TEDx Talk on the subject of food democracy. Mark’s leadership in sustainable business practices earned him the inaugural Greening UM Award in 2004. At the heart of UM Dining’s portfolio of sustainable business practices is the UM Farm to College Program, a revolutionary local food-purchasing initiative that supports Montana’s agricultural economic development. The UM Farm to College Program is the 2013 Gold Medal winner in the NACUFS Sustainability Awards Program – Food Procurement Category and the 2014 Gold Medal winner in the Education and Outreach Category. Mark was awarded the 2014 IFMA Silver Plate Award in the Colleges and Universities market segment (Missoula, MT).