Working today to change tomorrow.
What does what’s on your plate have to do with climate change? A lot! Fortunately, we make it easier on our diners through our sustainable practices such as managing our waste, sourcing from local farmers and suppliers, and supporting sustainable food practices.
We'll take it from here
By placing all waste and dishware in the dish drops at our residential dining cafes and Houston Market, Penn ensures that all food waste, recycleables, and trash are properly separated by staff who are trained to meet local requirements. At Houston Market, we also encourage you to "Choose China" and enjoy your meal with the reusable dish- and silverware instead of disposable by requesting through the kiosk or asking a staff member.
Plant forward options
Our cafes practice Plant Forward cooking, a style of cooking and eating that emphasizes and celebrates, plant-based foods — including fruits and vegetables; whole grains; beans, other legumes, and soy foods; nuts and seeds; plant oils; and herbs and spices — resulting in craveable meals that reflect evidence-based principles of health and sustainability.
Green2Go (G2G) is Penn Dining's signature reusable to-go program designed to eliminate the number of disposable items entering the waste stream. Since the program launched in 2013, takeout container use in our residential dining cafés has been reduced by 99.3%. While the program is not mandatory, we highly encourage students to participate. To learn more, scroll down to our Green To Go FAQs.
Support of Local Farmers
At Penn Dining our first choice is to purchase seasonal ingredients from small, owner-operated farms and ranches within a 150-mile radius of your café — at least 20 percent of every dollar we spend. Food grown locally is fresher, better tasting, and often has greater nutritional value. Our commitment to local food is about preserving biodiversity, protecting open space, supporting family farmers, and keeping money invested in your community.
From food donations to stem-to-root cooking, Penn Dining focuses on a variety of initiatives targeted at reducing their impact on the waste stream. Learn more.
Use a reusable coffee mug at Accenture Cafe, Joe's Cafe, The Market Cafe in Houston Market, and Cafe West in New College House and all drip coffee is only $1.00.
Results from behind the counter
Making sure we play our part in eating smart starts behind the counter—from ensuring our ingredients are sourced responsibly, to cooking from scratch and supporting local agriculture.