The Sustainable Food Program

Organic Gardens at R&DE Stanford Dining

Students from the Green Living Council tend the organic garden at Manzanita Dining.


The Sustainable Food Program is dedicated to educating students and the community about how their food choices impact the environment. In collaboration with students, staff, and faculty, we raise awareness through lectures, special events, academic partnerships, and hands-on learning in our cooking classes and organic gardens. 


Sustainable Food Program Strategic Objectives

Our strategic objectives are:

  • Support a sustainable future through sustainable purchasing practices
  • Educate and empower the Stanford community to make sustainable food choices 
  • Provide hands-on learning experiences growing and cooking food from our organic gardens
  • Reduce our impact on the earth's resources through efficient and sustainable operations


new Initatives for 2014-2015


Current Sustainable Food Program Initiatives

Recognition and Awards for our commitment to sustainability

R&DE Stanford Dining was named in 2015 the first university to be Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) Certified by the United States Healthful Food Council.

R&DE Stanford Dining is the 2015 Hobart Center for Food Sustainability grant recipient for its Sustainable Food Program.

R&DE Stanford Dining was named the 2015 Favorite Vegan-Friendly Collage (large school category) by peta2.

R&DE Stanford Dining was one of the first university food service operations in the United States certified as a green business (by Santa Clara County).

R&DE Stanford Dining won the Acterra Business Environmental Award for Sustainability

Stanford received an “A” for Food and Recycling on the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

PG&E Award for Leadership in Applying Green Building Design 2006.

Sierra Club
Cool Schools: Annual Ranking of America’s Greenest
Third in Nation
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2012 Gold Rating
Dining Services
Stanford University

NACUFS Sustainability Award
2012 Silver Award
Outreach and Education
Sustainable Food Program- Living Laboratory

United States Congress
2007 Special Recognition Sustainability
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