Sustainability in Dining

Dining Services Commitment

Mount Holyoke Dining Services is committed to protecting our global and local resources by continuously exploring options to increase environmentally sustainable purchasing and practices. We aim to provide students with healthy and nutritious food while reducing waste, increasing our local purchases, and minimizing our impacts on the environment.

We incorporate sustainability into our food purchasing by:

  • Sourcing locally grown and produced foods
  • Sourcing third-party certified organically grown products
  • Sourcing third-party certified responsibly grown or harvested products
  • Sourcing third-party certified humane products

We operate our dining facilities in a way that:

  • Saves water and energy
  • Minimizes food excess
  • Reduces packaging and recycles non-compostable waste
  • Composts all pre- and post-consumer food waste
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Local and Sustainable Purchases

Learn about the College's commitment to increasing the use of local and ecologically-sound foods.
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Reducing Dining Waste

Learn about the College's efforts to reduce waste in the Dining Commons through recycling, composting and offering options for reusable containers.
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Eco-Friendly Equipment and Practices

Learn about the ways the new Community Dining Center is saving energy and helping to reduce waste, including solar panels mounted on the roof.