In 2016, Duke Dining finalized an aspirational sustainability plan to address how and where campus food is grown and raised, processed, transported, prepared and discarded. The plan also highlights the impact these attributes have on health, the environment, society and the economy. It includes targets in food procurement in several major food categories, including produce, meat, and dairy.
Duke Dining hired its first Sustainability & Quality Control Manager and established a 2017 baseline for sustainable procurement efforts. This progress is included in Dining's fiscal year 2019 report on the ambitious sustainable procurement program. In recognition of these efforts, Duke Dining recently received the Gold Award in Sustainable Procurement from the National Association of College and University Dining Services and the Marketplace received a 3-Star Green Restaurant Certification from the Green Restaurant Association.
Duke Dining has furthered sustainable efforts with the Marketplace, the first-year student dining facility on East Campus, recently became certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), an international non-profit organization established to safeguard seafood supplies and to help create a more sustainable seafood market. Learn more about Dining’s sustainability efforts.
Growing Food on Campus
There are several community gardens at Duke, as well as the Duke Campus Farm, at which members of the Duke community are growing their own healthy and sustainable food. The student-run Duke Community Garden is located on Central Campus, next to the Smart Home. The Mosaic Community Garden is located at the Center for Documentary Studies, near East Campus.
Supporting Local Farmers
Duke offers many options for supporting local farmers as part of your grocery shopping. Download this pocket guide to seasonal produce and local farmers' markets in North Carolina. In the spring and summer, there is a weekly Duke Farmers' Market on campus with vendors offering local North Carolina produce, organized by Live for Life. Instructions for walking to the market from campus locations can be found here. The Duke Mobile Market is a form of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) with year-round local and organic produce, meats, and flowers from area farms. Initiated by a group of graduate students at Duke, Walking Fish is a community supported fishery (CSF) that links fishermen on the coast of North Carolina to consumers at Duke and in the Triangle. The City of Durham also offers a weekly farmers' market featuring pesticide-free produce, meats, baked goods, cheeses, arts and crafts, and more.