Poster promoting the health and environmental benefits of reducing or removing meat from one's diet.
Sustainable Food & Dining
Eating is a major part of our day-to-day lives, so it’s no wonder that our dining choices affect how sustainable (or not) our lifestyles are. You can reduce your impact by following the tips below.
- Make sure your kitchen has reusable dishware to eliminate the need for disposable plates, cups and utensils. A dishwasher can help make cleaning faster and easier. Choose green cleaning products for tidying up.
- Promote the use of tap water or filtered filling stations for hydration and eliminate individual water bottles. Not only do they create unnecessary waste, but many plastic containers leach chemicals that can affect human health.
- Reducing meat consumption is better for you and better for the environment. Consider making Meatless Mondays the norm.
- Replace sugar sweetened beverages with healthier options, like spa water. Use a reusable cup or bottle to eliminate the waste, too!
- Reduce your salt intake. Foods that are highly processed tend to be worse for the environment and for your body. Opt for whole foods instead.
- Go trayless: Food audits in the residential colleges found that trayless diners wasted on average 40% less than their tray-carrying counterparts. Food waste translates into wasted energy, time, and water used for preparation.
- Remember: Take what you care to eat, eat what you take.
- Compost leftovers: Compost your leftovers in the dining hall. Composting diverts food waste from incinerators, and allows nutrients to be recycled through compost soil. Compost bins are located in college dining halls and Yale Hospitality eateries.
- Bring a reusable mug: Bring your own mug or water container to the dining hall instead of using paper cups to carry out beverages. A ceramic mug has the same environmental impact as 40 paper cups, so even if you use paper cups just twice a month, it makes sense to make the switch.
- Invest in reusable dishware: Bring your own reusable dishware when attending events that serve food or for leftovers after a big meal out.
- Plan a sustainable event: If planning an event, refer to our Healthy Meeting Guidelines to make good food choices easy for attendees.
Meeting our goals
Yale is making great strides in its efforts to build a stronger, more resilient food system and to reduce associated waste. Read more about our priorities around food, health and well-being and in managing materials.
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