Sustainability

Here at Northeastern University, Dining Services strives to continually become greener and more sustainable by implementing programs to create a greener campus. We believe that the health of our eco-system is directly connected to the health of our communities and the people who live in them. Acting responsibly is part of our DNA and we are committed to offering foods that are earth, body and community friendly. We are very proud of our efforts and accomplishments to date and will continue to seek out ways to contribute to a greener campus.


Kendall Foundation

The Henry P. Kendall Foundation created The New England Food Vision Prize to raise awareness of the environmental, economic, and health impacts of our food choices. The goal is to use the purchasing power of institutions to build regional agricultural resilience and to influence the hearts and minds of consumers. The Kendall Foundation would award a $250,000 grant to each of the top five submissions.

Northeastern, along with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and Eastern Connecticut State University were awarded collectively $500,000 (for two different grants) to collaborate on solutions designed to support use of more regionally produced foods.

Central to the effort is a strategy to incorporate underutilized fish and kelp on their menus. The universities will partner with Ipswich Fish, the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Red’s Best, Farm Fresh Rhode Island, New Bedford Port Authority, and Buyers & Sellers Seafood Auction (BASE) to improve sourcing and provide traceable, local, underutilized fish on their campuses. Most critically, the institutional partners have committed to offering campus menus with at least 75% locally sourced fish. To introduce students to the use of kelp in recipes and meals, the four universities will partner with Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Sardilli Produce, and Dole & Bailey to expand the versatility of kelp as a staple ingredient.

Certified Green Restaurants®

The Green Restaurant Association, an international nonprofit organization, has pioneered the Green Restaurant® movement as the leading voice within the industry, encouraging restaurants to green their operations using transparent, science-based certification standards. With its turnkey certification system, the GRA has made it accessible for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in Energy, Water, Waste, Food, Chemicals, Disposables, & Building. 

Northeastern is the first college/university in the United States to have a dining facility earn both a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® distinction and LEED Gold status. International Village Dining is also the first restaurant in New England to earn the same GRA/LEED distinctions.

3 Star Certified

  1. Argo Tea
  2. Café Crossing
  3. International Village
  4. Levine Marketplace, Food Hall at Stetson West and Outtakes
  5. Sweet Tomatoes Pizza
  6. the Market
  7. The West End
  8. Tú Taco
  9. UBurger

2 Star Certified

  1. café716
  2. Faculty Club
  3. Kigo Kitchen
  4. Matthews Arena Concessions
  5. Starbucks

Level 1 Certified

  1. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
  2. Subway