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sustainNU - Office of Sustainability

Eat Locally

NU's food vendor is Northwestern Dining; luckily for us sustainability is core to Dining’s mission and customers. From the farm to the table, they have identified opportunities to serve healthy and sustainable meals that support small and mid-sized farms in the Midwest and contribute to Northwestern’s goals of energy and water conservation and waste reduction. When it comes to preparing food for yourself, it is important to reduce your carbon footprint and be healthy by choosing the right products to purchase and eat.


Right-size me

Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our stomach, but try to take only what you will eat! When eating at home only make as much as you can eat and freeze leftovers so that they will last. Check your food on a regular basis to make sure nothing expires and so that you know what you still have to eat before going to the store.

vegetablesGo meatless

Raising and transporting animals results in significant greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact, try going meatless at least once a week. Meatless Monday offers tasty recipe ideas.

Go to the source

  • Meet your local famers at Evanston’s year round Farmers Markets!
  • Check out the Eat Local app to learn what's in season and locate your nearest farmers market.
  • Split a box of fresh produce from local farmers with your friends every week through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
  • If you are looking for a fun and money-saving pastime, grow your own food! Sign up for a garden plot in Evanston.

Endorse green restaurants

Instead of eating at the same old chains, try something new! Here's some suggestions:

  • Uncommon Ground has the first certified organic rooftop farm in the country and has won several sustainability awards.
  • Blind Faith Cafe is a certified green 100% vegetarian restaurant.
  • Edzo’s offers the option of sustainably raised beef and other products from local farms.
  • Found Kitchen and Social House uses ingredients are locally-sourced from family farms, composts, and is allergy friendly.
  • Farmhouse offers locally grown, specially crafted meals and drinks.

For more restaurants, the Green Restaurant Association has a rating system and the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition developed a list of the green-certified Chicago restaurants.

whole foodsShop green

Buy local to reduce the miles your food has to travel and to support your local community. Buy organic to ensure your foods are pesticide free. There are two Whole Foods Markets in Evanston that sell local and organic food. There is also a Trader Joe’s, which refuses to sell foods with artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and GMO ingredients.

Get cookin'

Prepare your own food at home so you can control where it comes from, how much you make, and save money. Get together with friends to eat some good food and socialize.