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When I used to think of farming, I thought of harvesting the beautiful vegetables and Read More »

Extended Growing Seasons – Kara Carter

Sometimes it can be easy to forget all the work that goes into producing the Read More »

Apply for the Farmer’s Market Internship!

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Apply for the Campus Pantry Internship!

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First look: Farmers Market Shopping and Cooking Tips

Fall semester has just begun. Sweat drips down your spine as you make the hike Read More »

Sustainable Protein Sources

We’ve all heard about protein.  It is a vital nutrient necessary for muscles and many Read More »

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Bring Your Own Bottle
Eat in the Dining Hall Often
Eat Sustainably
Get Involved
Recover Food
Sort Waste Properly

Recover Food

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Students from the University of Maryland's Food Recovery Network recover surplus food from dining halls and sports games that would otherwise go to waste and donate it to homeless shelters in MD and DC. You can volunteer to help or request a recovery from your next event. If scheduling a recovery, please provide one week advanced notice. Email: frn.umd@gmail.com for more information.

Get Involved

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Green Dining would exist without student engagement. There are all kinds of ways to get involved with Green Dining – just participating in these Small Footprint steps and sharing them with your friends goes a long way! If you would like to get more involved with interning, volunteering, or participating in special events, check out our Student Engagement page.

Sort Waste Properly

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In the dining halls, you can always put your dishes on the conveyer belt, and Dining Services staff will make sure any waste is composted. If you sort your own waste across campus, make sure you sort correctly – there are signs on all the bins to help if you don’t know what goes where. Either way, you’re keeping your scraps out of the landfill. Learn more about how Dining Services reduces waste.

Eat in the Dining Hall Often

Enjoy your meal in the dining hall, with reusable plates, glasses, and cutlery. Just by eating in the dining halls, you’re cutting down on waste!

Bring Your Own Bottle

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If you bring a reusable mug, bottle, or cup to any convenience shop, or café, you’ll get a 20-cent discount on your beverage. Just by using your reusable cup, you’ll reduce waste and save money. Plus, cold filtered water is available in all the dining halls and all around campus, for free every time. See where you can fill up your water bottle here.

Eat Sustainably

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Dining Services has committed to purchasing 20% sustainable food by 2020. You can always eat seasonally in the dining halls, but also keep an eye out for other special event meals. Food Day and Earth Day are just a couple examples of special meals that highlight sustainable foods. For more information about progress in purchasing more sustainable food, click here. Visit our blog for details about special sustainable meal events and tips for how to eat sustainably.