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Food & Living

As Stanford’s largest auxiliary department, Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) includes Student Housing, Stanford Dining, Hospitality & Auxiliaries and Stanford Conferences. R&DE is the largest provider of food service on campus, serving more than six million meals annually. 

R&DE's Sustainable Living and Sustainable Food Program help to embed sustainable behaviors and choices into the daily habits of students, provide sustainable,  humane, and socially-responsible foods whenever possible, reduce waste in operations, and educate the community. Learn more about ongoing initiatives.


View the 2016-17 Sustainability Year in Review for additional highlights this year

  • Stanford continued its leadership in the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative, a network of 115 members representing 41 institutions working to transform the foodservice industry by aligning leadership in nutrition and public health, environment and sustainability, culinary arts, and business innovation. The initiative was founded and is jointly led by Stanford R&DE and the Culinary Institute of America.
  • A new 3-credit course in Earth Systems, Grow It. Cook It. Eat It., was launched together with the Roble Living Laboratory for Sustainability and Stanford’s FEED Collaborative, an academic program in sustainable food system education and innovation. The course explores how to empower students to make informed choices in interdisciplinary food systems.
  • A new study conducted with the Stanford Mind & Body Lab in dining halls found that using flavorful, indulgent language to describe vegetable dishes increased the number of students who ate them by as much as 25% when compared to basic food labels.
  • The Sustainable Living Program adopted a green cleaning standard for student residences, which will expand into all residences over the next five years.
  • Four-stream (composting, paper recycling, can and bottle recycling, and landfill) waste collection is now available in nearly all R&DE buildings.
  • About half of all undergraduate students received new multi-recyclers in their rooms, allowing residents to sort their landfill and recyclables in their rooms instead of at the waste corral, reducing contamination between paper and plastics, metals and glass streams, and also decreasing landfill waste.