Go Green! We recognize the interest and awareness on the topic of sustainability within a large campus population and our goal is to identify, promote and educate the Carleton community on sustainable initiatives and practices pertaining to campus dining. Our goal is to make environmentally responsible decisions throughout our dining locations in order to minimize our footprint while providing top quality food and service. We’ve divided our initiatives into three buckets as listed above- Food, Waste Reduction, and Energy Efficiency & Facilities. Click on each button above to learn more

Meet Your Sustainability Manager

Hi! My name is Gabriella and I am Carleton Dining Services’ Sustainability Manager.

The food we eat has a sustainability story and I am here to tell it. That story starts long before the food ends up on our plates and even extends past them as well. I am tasked with helping tell that story and continually advancing the sustainability culture within our dining operations. I love meeting students, hearing their ideas, and answering questions. If you are interested in learning more about our sustainability initiatives or have ideas about taking our sustainability work to the next level, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Responsible and Sustainable Food

Currently, 24% of our purchases are comprised of local, ecological and humane foods; sustainable seafood, and Fair Trade  Certified coffees, teas and other products.

Locally Sourced

We support local farmers and producers by buying local foods wherever possible. Look for our Locally Grown icon on the menu boards in the caf which identifies menu items with more than 50% local ingredients

Fair Trade

Carleton is proud to be a Fair Trade Designated campus. All of our coffee is Fair Trade as well as a selection of tea, chocolate, and other products. New this year in the caf, we are using Fair Trade sugar and coconut and are always exploring more products. Learn more about our journey here:

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Waste Reduction

In 2016 alone, we saved over 35,000 cups from going to landfill


Initiatives are taking place across campus to divert food waste from landfills and cycle it back to the earth!

Green Packaging

Where possible we source recyclable and compostable ‘To Go’ containers, bowls, plates, as well as cutlery across campus.

Recycling Oil

Our partner ClearFry picks up our used fryer oil and recycles it into bio-diesel fuel, which is then used to power landscape vehicles.

Oil Filtration

Our fryer oil is filtered to help reduce waste and improve taste – usage has been reduced by 30% saving approximately 4000L a year and recycling the rest.


Our Ecologo Certified Napkins are compostable and made from 100% recycled content

Trayless Dining

We’ve eliminated the use of trays at all our locations. Removing trays reduces food waste by 25-30% per person!

Energy Efficiency & Facilities

Reusable Programs

Reusable cutlery, service, and glassware are provided at the caf as well as Classic Fare Catering to help reduce the amount of single use disposable waste entering the campus waste stream.

Green Cleaning

Our daily cleaning program uses environmentally preferable and Green Seal certified products with packaging that is also source reduced, recyclable or contains up to 25% post consumer content!

Greener Equipment

To help conserve water and energy we source Energy Star certified equipment where possible for all new purchases.

Energy Conservation

As part of an ongoing initiative, LED lighting is used to minimize power consumption used by regular lighting.

Staff Training

Our staff participates in Sustainability, Energy & Water Conservation and Waste Management training sessions.

Saving Water

Our dish washing machine outlets preserve water by having low flow nozzles that regulate its usage.