Eating at Canada’s Capital University is a culinary-driven experience, led by a team of chefs who are passionate about transforming local authentic ingredients into delicious and healthy meals. We are continually refining our ability to offer options that are both exciting and accommodating to dietary needs while taking into account the environmental and social impacts of our food.

Carleton Dining Services’ sustainability efforts extend past the food we serve. Our operations are committed to fighting waste in its many forms, using a variety of technologies, programs, and practices. From farm to fork and beyond, the story behind each plate we serve is one of environmental and social stewardship.

Discover how we facilitate a sustainable dining experience at Carleton University by clicking on the buttons above.

Local Food

Investing in the Local Community

We support the Ottawa community by sourcing ingredients from local farmers and producers whenever possible. Our chefs take into account seasonal produce availability when developing recipes, ensuring local offerings are part of our menus year-round. Some of Ottawa’s oldest family-run producers, such as Fulton’s Sugar Bush and Slipacoff’s Premium Meats, provide Carleton’s kitchens with ingredients on a weekly basis.


Sustainable Seafood

All wild-caught seafood served in our dining hall, the caf, is MSC Certified. MSC certified seafood is sourced from a fishery which has undergone a third-party assessment that evaluates the fishery’s impact on the species being harvested as well as the marine life it shares its habitat with. MSC certified fisheries help ensure the species can continue indefinitely, protecting the livelihoods of current and future members of the fishing industry.

Coolfood Meals

At Carleton Dining Services, we want to highlight those menu items on our menus that have a low impact on our climate, making them a delicious way to help the planet! That’s why we have introduced Coolfood Meals! This initiative is implemented through the work of the World Resource Institute (WRI), who through a set of criteria, analyzes our recipes and determines whether they meet the threshold for being a Coolfood Meal!

Fair Trade

Carleton is proud to be a Fair Trade Campus. All of our coffee, tea, and hot chocolate is Fair Trade Certified, as well as a selection of sugars, chocolate bars, bananas, and confectionery products. Look for the Fairtrade logo on and off-campus when shopping to identify products produced in a socially sustainable manner. Carleton, along with dozens of universities and colleges across the country, participates in the annual Fair Trade Month. Carleton Dining celebrates Fair Trade Month in October by hosting events across campus!

Fair Trade Campus Week All-Star

Our successful Fair Trade Campus Week in 2019 won Carleton University the title of Fairtrade Canada’s 2019 National Fair Trade Campus Week Challenge Champion! The competition measured social media engagement from campus organizers over the course of the week. Carleton Dining’s social media platforms topped out over 70 other participating universities, earning us the title of Fair Trade Campus Week Champions and additional funds towards our Fair Trade efforts on campus!

Waste Reduction

Waste Diversion Walls

We have made recycling easy by installing waste diversion walls across campus. The walls feature a physical piece of each type of packaging used in the dining location, with each piece of packaging hung above the proper waste stream. These visually engaging walls provide all the information a customer needs to correctly dispose of their waste, eliminating the guesswork often associated with recycling. You can find the waste diversion walls at Food Court, Loeb Cafe and Oasis. Have an item not featured on the wall? Check out Carleton’s Waste Wizard tool to learn how to recycle or dispose of items.

How else do we wipe out waste?

Check out our full Waste Reduction page to learn more about how we wipe out waste on campus!

Waste Reduction at Carleton Dining

Efficient Operations

Certified Green Restaurant

Did you know Carleton was the second Canadian University to have a restaurant certified by the Green Restaurant Association? Learn more about how we earned the Certification and what exactly makes our operations so green on our Efficient Operations page!

Efficient Operations at Carleton Dining

Meet Your Sustainability Manager

What we eat matters! My name is Ramona and I’m the Sustainability Manager for Carleton University’s Dining Services. I have a Master’s degree in Sustainability Management from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Queen’s University.

I’m passionate about supporting local food systems, reducing food waste, and bringing awareness to the environmental impacts of food. If you’re interested in learning more about our sustainability initiatives or have ideas about taking our sustainability work to the next level, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Sustainability Inquiries

Get Involved

Sustainability at Carleton

Want to learn more about the sustainable initiatives taking place at Carleton? Sustainability Carleton has lots of info on green campus design, events, and ways to get involved. Check out their website and social media channels to learn more!