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Professor and Chair, Department of Geography
Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends on our natural environment. To support sustainability, we're working to:
improve our waste reduction through recycling and composting, and
source ingredients and menu items locally and regionally
Not only do these activities benefit the environment, they also benefit our community and provide you the freshest foods possible.
We provide Hilltop Gardens with over 300 gallons (or about 1,500 pounds) of pre-consumer food waste for composting each week. To accomplish this, our staff actively search for any compostable materials such as fruit rinds, coffee grinds and filters, egg shells, and leftover vegetables. These waste items are transported to Hilltop Gardens, where they are composted.
Composting has many benefits, like:
Sending less waste to landfills
Producing less methane gas from landfills, which causes global warming
Providing free fertilizer for gardens
Hilltop Gardens uses this compost on its fruit and vegetable gardens. Some of the produce from these gardens then comes back to us to create a full-circle operation in sustainability.
The IU Campus Garden Initiative currently oversees one edible gardening space on the IU Bloomington campus: The Hilltop Garden.
Bloomington, Indiana has been ranked as the “4th Most Veg-Friendly Small City in North America" and Indiana University Bloomington has been ranked as the Most Vegetarian-Friendly College in America, and are regularly ranked in the top ten vegetarian-friendly universities every year.
Students with VegIU put together a Guide to Vegetarian Eating on IU Campus and Vegetarian Restaurant Options in Bloomington list. Some examples of vegetarian and vegan dining options include:
The Eat Right dining concept (RPS) features a vegan or vegetarian entrée at least twice each week. Flamingo’s Grill offers regular and egg white omelets with veggies, as well as garden burgers. Also, the stir-fry at Pacific Rim offers tofu as a protein option. The Chile Garlic, Sesame, Teriyaki, Chili Oil, and Sweet & Sour sauces do not contain animal products. The Eat Right breakfast bar at Wright, Gresham, and Read Hoosier Café is available Monday-Friday from 7-10 a.m., and offers fresh fruit, low fat yogurt, homemade granola lightly sweetened with honey, and hot cereal. Edmondson Dining Room at Collins specializes in vegetarian and vegan fare and serves a variety of soups, salads, entrees, and desserts appropriate for the vegan or vegetarian diet. Landes Dining Room at Read offers a vegetarian option daily and serves a vegan dessert at least once a week.
A more complete list of vegetarian and vegan options can be found at:
There is signage advertising and encouraging use of re-usable cups available to students at the dining halls.
Every year IU hosts Big Red Eats Green, which is an effort to show IU students where they can find local food and eat in a sustainable way.
Healthy IU - vending machines
Pre-consumer food waste from most dining facilities goes to the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center (on campus), where it is composted and used in the garden.
Most but not all of the dining halls use a trayless dining program. This ensures students take only what they can carry, resulting in less excess food and less food waste.
Residential Programs and Services (RPS) dining has worked with Hoosier Hills Food Bank for many years. RPS strives to use all of the food items purchased, but there are times when it is necessary to call the Food Bank for pick up so items are not wasted. Tudor Room in the Indiana Memorial Union, and the Hoosier Room at Athletics, also donate leftover food to the Food Bank or other local organizations.
Pre-consumer food waste from a number of dining locations is sent to Hilltop Garden and Nature Center (on campus) for composting and use in the garden.
Post-consumer composting is done at a number of IU Athletics events, but at this time, not in the primary dining locations on campus.
Some facilities serve primarily on reusable service-ware (metal silverware, ceramic dishes), including Collins Living-Learning Center, and the Woodlands in Forrest Quadrangle.
Reusable containers can be filled with soda or tea for just 59 cents at any Residential Programs and Services dining location. There is also a discount on coffee purchases with reusable mugs.
IU Convenience stores sell refillable water bottles and reusable bags to minimize plastic waste.
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staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.