An Ode to the Farmer

This week, I had the opportunity to visit Terp Farm and work alongside those responsible Read More »

Sustainability: Expectations vs. Reality

Throwing expectations out the window was the first thing I learned when starting the sustainability Read More »

3rd Annual Harvest Festival

Dining Services invites you to the 3rd Annual Harvest Festival at all of the three Read More »

Sustainable Food Report

The Sustainable Food Report is published every two years with the help of students to Read More »

Open Student Staff Position – Waste Audit Coordinator

A Waste Audit Coordinator is a student position shared between the Department of Dining Services, Read More »

What to buy at the Farmers Market if you have class right after

It doesn’t take much to create a delicious and nutritious meal. Picking up a few 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

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

Green Dining would not 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

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

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

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.