Local & Sustainable

green is delicious

A Sustainable Operation

Sustainable dining in all of its dimensions is a critical component of Columbia University’s environmental initiatives. The Columbia Dining team is a strong advocate of environmental and resource management. 

Sustainable practices drive our purchasing decisions, menu development, and physical operations. We order from local businesses and farms, provide a wide range of daily vegan and vegetarian options, and prioritize recycling and reuse.

Learn more about our local and sustainable initiatives:

Green Restaurant Certified

We're proud to be Level 1 Green Restaurant Certified in all of our residential and retail locations. Dining achieved this designation through an evaluation process that measures standards across water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable goods, food, energy, reusable and disposable items, and chemical and pollution reduction. Learn more about the Green Restaurant Association.