Sustainability

Sustainable & Healthful Food Purchasing Policy

A 2021 Sustainable and Healthful Food Purchasing Policy was written to establish a common interpretation of what Sustainable Procurement encompasses within Lehigh University and to ensure University personnel consider social and environmental responsibility as factors in their purchasing decisions. Click here to view the policy.

Common Market Partnership

In an effort to increase its local procurement, Lehigh Dining officially partnered with Common Market of Philadelphia. Common Market provides fresh local foods to Lehigh Dining from farms such as Flint Hill Farm, which is located only 8.5 miles from Lehigh's Campus as well as many other local farms. Common Market's goal is to strengthen regional farms and make their items more accessible. Keep an eye out at all of the Lehigh Dining locations for local food! To learn more about Common Market visit: commonmarketphila.org/ and check out this video from Common Market: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi-JI76wO0U

Buy Fresh, Buy Local Greater Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Dining is committed to providing the students with fresh and local produce when in season and available. Our team continually reaches out to local farms to partner with local vendors in order to maintain the high quality and safe food we eat. Our two major vendors we purchase from partner with a variety of local farms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (BFBL) is a national program that connects consumers to fresh, locally grown foods. The Greater Lehigh Valley chapter of BFBL (BFBL-GLV) is helping residents of Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties find, choose, and appreciate great locally grown foods, while supporting the farmers and lands that produce them. As a member of BFBL, Lehigh Dining strives to purchase fresh produce, dairy, meats, breads, and event planning rentals from local farmers and local businesses to support growth in our own communities.

Food Recovery Network

We also participate in uniting students at Lehigh University to fight food waste and hunger by participating in the Food Recovery Network. FRN supports the recovery of perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from campus and donate to people in need.

Green Restaurant Certified

 Rathbone Student Restaurant officially earned its status as a two-star certified green restaurant in 2016. This accreditation recognizes the 43 environmental steps required for the certification and provides a transparent way to measure our environmental accomplishments, while providing a pathway for the next steps we can take toward increased environmental sustainability.

Fair Trade Certified

Lehigh Dining proudly serves Fair Trade Certified Coffee in all locations across campus. We offer Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Community Coffee, and Aspretto. All Coffees across campus are Certified Organic and/or Fair Trade Certified. Each vendor is doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint and give back to their local communities. Starbucks continues their commitment to lead the entire industry.

Reusable Eco-Container Program

Our Reusable Eco-Container program is designed for students who don't have time to dine in our student restaurants. Our convenient reusable containers offer students the opportunity to eat sustainability while on the go. The reusable containers reduce waste by removing Styrofoam products from campus. Meal plan members are automatically enrolled in the program!

Paper Straws

In August 2018, Lehigh Dining made the commitment to exclusively offer paper straws, diverting approximately 50,000 plastic straws from landfills each year! The decision received media attention from both The Morning Call and NBC 10

Lehigh University Earns "A" on Vegan Report Card

Published by Peta2, Lehigh University earned an"A" for its vegan offerings on campus. For more information about the grade and its criteria, please click here.