25% total food expenditures are grown and/or processed within 250 miles of Cornell

The President’s Sustainable Campus Committee Food Focus Team supports collaboration between academic communities, faculty, staff, students and the community.

We proudly support campus-based sustainable food efforts, including student-grown organic foods for our community to enjoy, as well as make efforts that reach beyond the Cornell community such as supporting regional economies by purchasing foods from local farmers whenever possible. 21% of Cornell Dining’s food purchases are sourced from within 250 miles of campus. Both in our own agricultural program as well as through our relationships with partner farms, Cornell supports farming methods that are environmentally friendly, safe and fair to workers.

Our dining facilities aim to lessen the environmental footprint related to day-to-day dining operations through the use of reusable mugs, compostable food packaging, tray-less dining and other earth-friendly options whenever possible. Cornell Dining demonstrates a commitment to sustainability through programs such as the Local Food Growers Initiative, enabling the University to purchase fresh produce from local sources. To further promote sustainable food in our community Cornell Dining also organizes events with local farmers and chefs to build partnerships that support healthy and sustainable food habits, such as our annual Farm-to-You Fall Harvest Dinner.

The Cornell community continues its dedication to sustainability by composting our food waste whenever possible using our large-scale composting facilities, further lessening waste created by our food preparation and consumption.

Cornell Dining Student Sustainability Coordinators

Initiatives