Sustainable Food Program

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. 

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Sustainable Food Program Strategic Objectives

Our strategic objectives are:

New Initiatives for 2014-15

  • Serving only humanely-raised, grass-fed beef
  • Serving free-range, antibiotic-free chicken from a local farm 
  • Purchasing local and organic produce direct from Pie Ranch
  • Farm to Fork Cooking Series

Current Sustainable Food Program Initiatives

Recognition and Awards for Our Commitment to Sustainability

  • R&DE Stanford Dining became only the third university dining program in the country to receive a 4 Star Green Restaurant Certification by the Green Restaurant Association for environmental accomplishments at its Florence Moore Dining Hall.
  • R&DE Stanford Dining was certified by the United States Healthful Food Council as a Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) restaurant for its use of nutrition and sustainability best practices.
  • R&DE Stanford Dining was the 2015 recipient of the Hobart Center for Food Sustainability Grant for being the most innovative and best-executed foodservice sustainability organization of the year.
  • 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
    R&DE Stanford Dining
    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
    R&DE Stanford Dining