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Sustainability is core to Northwestern Dining’s mission and to its customers. From the farm to the table, Dining has 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.

Sustainable food

foodNorthwestern Dining is committed to serving sustainable and locally grown foods. In partnership with suppliers and local farms, sustainable purchases are increasing. Meatless options are widely available, and Northwestern has been recognized by Peta2 as a “Most Vegetarian Friendly College.” 

Recycling and waste reduction

students eatingWaste reduction and diversion are an important part of Dining’s sustainability efforts. Participation in campus recycling efforts, waste reduction and reuse are incorporated into daily operations. These efforts make Northwestern Dining and its customers more sustainable.

Energy and water conservation

The energy and water used in food preparation is significant and has a direct impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Conscious efforts are made to select efficient equipment and implement conservation based practices.


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