Housing strives to ensure the food that fuels our residents is healthy for them and the environment.
- Surplus food is redistributed through the Campus Kitchens Project, Food Recovery Network, and Open Seat Food Pantry.
- Vegetarian options are available at each meal to provide students with healthy, low carbon choices
- All Housing to-go food containers are compostable!
- Our World Centric compostable to-go items are made from non-polluting and non-toxic and renewable resources and are domestically manufactured with silver grass from Columbus, OH
- 25% of profits are donated to create positive environmental change
- 100% of carbon produced in production is offset by giving to carbon offsetting organizations
- A waste oil boiler assists in heating Gordon Dining and Event Center’s water with recycled vegetable oil. One gallon of oil heats nearly 250 gallons of hot water.
- Gordon Dining and Event Center’s green roof and rain gardens prevent runoff into local waterways
- Software is used to inventory and order items to prevent food waste by calculating the amount of food needed for production
- Our a la carte system reduces waste in comparison to all-you-can-eat buffet service
- Industrial sized garbage disposals prepare food waste for composting
- Our large batch kitchen prepares and packages bulk food orders at one time to increase efficiency and shelf-life
Edible Landscapes strives to alleviate food insecurity and introduces students to sustainable agriculture. Gardens are loaded with herbs and veggies available to anyone on campus – check them out at Smith, Cole and Sellery.
Consume less meat and dairy products
Try the 5/2 diet: eat vegetarian or vegan 5 days a week, and continue your usual diet 2 days a week
Compost food waste
Compost bins are available in all residence hall kitchens and trash/recycling rooms. Other compost locations are available across campus as well.
Eat greener meat when you do eat meat
Look for: grass fed or pasture-raised, lean cuts, no antibiotics/hormones, local, certified organic. Eat in season and buy local to reduce transportation emissions
Skip processed and packaged food
Processed foods have a larger carbon footprint than their non-processed alternatives. Cook from scratch, choose the least processed alternative, and avoid packaged items
Don’t waste food – eat leftovers and meal prep
Wasting food means wasting the energy and water used to grow, process, and transport the food. 30-40% of all food produced in U.S. is wasted. When you eat at a restaurant, bring your own to-go container
Local Dining Partners
Local Food & Ingredients
- Babcock Dairy
- Bagels Forever
- Carr Valley Cheese
- Parrfection Produce
- Roth Cheese
- People’s Bakery
- Sugar River Dairy
- Simple Soyman
- V. Marchese Produce
- Best Maid Cookie Company
- Klements Sausage Company
- Sargento Cheese
- Elegant Foods
- Grande Cheese Company