Cornell Dining is passionately committed to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint.
In January 2012, Cornell University received a STARS Gold rating for sustainability from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Cornell Dining is proud to have received full marks for our efforts to reduce landfill, energy and water waste, in addition to providing a diverse array of sustainable food choices.
With the help of two part-time Student Sustainability Coordinators – and with collaboration from numerous student groups and campus colleagues – we have introduced the following initiatives in recent years:
- An increase in the amount of locally- and regionally-grown and produced food to 22% of all food we purchase
- The introduction of local ground beef in the Ivy Room, one of our most active retail locations.
- Pre-consumer composting in all of our kitchen facilities, and post-consumer composting at Trillium, Martha's Café, Mattins Café, Ivy Room, Risley Dining, Synapsis Café, 104West!, Cornell Dairy Bar, and One World Café, generating more than 850 tons of compost material each year
- Recyclable packaging and containers for all of our Freshtake Grab-n-Go products, and compostable plastic cutlery in all of our dining locations (except for dining rooms that use silverware)
- Trayless dining in most of our dining rooms, reducing food waste and electrical use, and saving thousands of gallons of water each month
- Reusable stainless steel water bottles for sale, and easy access to tap water at all of our soda fountain stations, in a collaborative effort with Take Back the Tap
- Reusable coffee mugs for sale with discounted coffee prices when used
Learn more about our work by viewing a PDF of our Sustainability and Local Foods Initiatives brochure, created in collaboration with our Student Sustainability Coordinators.
You can find more information on Cornell's sustainability efforts by visiting the following:
Cornell Sustainable Campus
Sustainable Cornell Brochure: How You Can Make a Difference on Campus
Campus Life's Guide to Living Sustainably
Dilmun Hill Cornell Student Farm
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