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Sustainable Campus Dining

Being a conscious consumer can help one watch the waist and waste. The University of Iowa community strives to be good stewards - locally and globally. This means being aware of the environmental, economic and social implications surrounding our food choices and daily decision making.

University Housing and Dining

University Dining believes in supporting local farmers and purchases their products as much as possible. Each Market Place provides wholesome, healthy and tasty selected locally grown food options to students. In addition to serving a wide-variety of foods for those with differing dietary concerns, Residential Dining is continually exploring the availability of locally grown, seasonal and sustainable foods. Learn more...

U Choose Program

All the food options available in the Marketplace can be tempting and overwhelming. How is it possible to stay within your daily calorie limit when faced with an assortment of desserts and comfort food? University Dining has partnered with several departments campus-wide, starting the UChoose program, focused on healthy eating. Items in University Dining locations (including Market Places, Campus Cafés, and C-Stores) meeting these criteria will bear the UChoose icon. Learn more..

Iowa Memorial Union Dining

The Iowa Memorial Union dining services has made a special commitment to including local foods in dining and catering. In addition to including produce from the UIEC Student Garden in IMU menu offerings, the amount of local foods-within about a 500 mile radius-purchased for catering and dining has increased to around 52%, based on dollars spent.

Other IMU dining service sustainable actions of note:

  • Features Fair Trade coffee exclusively.
  • Converted to biodegradable take out containers and utensils.
  • Catering service donates any leftover food to Table to Table, a local food recovery organization.

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Sustainability at Iowa

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