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.

Certified Green Restaurants®

GRA CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
Points awarded in seven environmental categories:

  • Energy
  • Chemical & Pollution Reduction
  • Water
  • Sustainable Food
  • Waste
  • Sustainable Building Materials
  • Disposables

Northeastern is the first college/university in the United States to operate a dining facility that has earned a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant® distinction in a building that is USGBC LEED Gold certified. Of the 516 Certified Green Restaurants® [February 2016] in the United States, only 226 have achieved the 3 Star status. Northeastern University is home to one of the thirty-two 3 Star Certified Green Restaurants® located in Massachusetts – International Village Dining Room.

3 Star Certified

2 Star Certified

  1. Argo Tea
  2. Matthews Concessions
  3. Levine Marketplace, Stetson West Eatery and Outtakes
  4. Kigo Kitchen
  5. On The Go
  6. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
  7. Starbucks
  8. Sweet Tomatoes Pizza
  9. Taco Bell Express
  10. UBurger
  11. The West End
  12. Faculty Club
  13. café716
  14. Subway
  15. Café Crossing

Hampton Creek Partnership

The mission of Hampton Creek is to bring healthier and more affordable food to everyone, everywhere. In 2014 the companywas named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of 100 Brilliant Companies, CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List, and CEO Josh Tetrick was named one of Inc. Magazine’s top 35 Under 35 entrepreneurs, as well as one of Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40. Hampton Creek won the Best of What’s New 2013 Grand Award by Popular Science and previously was named one of three companies shaping the future of food by Bill Gates. CEO Josh Tetrick founded Hampton Creek in December 2011.

We prodly serve Just Mayo, and Just Cookies, as well as the newly-launched Just Dressings.

Lifecycle Renewables

Lifecycle Renewables is a local company that collects waste fryolator oil from all dining locations on campus, used oil is then converted into biomass fuel. Our contributions since September 2010 have displaced more than 20,000 gallons of local diesel fuel usage.

Herb’s Organic Food Disposal

Northeastern Dining has been partnered with Herb’s Organic Food Disposal, a local organic waste recycling company, for seven years. 525 tons of kitchen and plate food waste is collected annually across campus dining facilities in our Be Green compost bins. Once collected Herb’s Disposal transports the organic food waste to an approved Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection active composting site.

Creekstone Farms

All-Natural Hamburgers
Northeastern Dining has served hamburgers made from naturally and humanely raised cattle since October 2012

Creekstone Farms Standards
Premium beef program based on Black Angus cattle – known as the gold standard for premium beef

Creekstone Farms Commitment to Quality:

  • Raised and grazed in the United States
  • USDA certification
  • Verifiable Black Angus genetics
  • Humane animal treatment
  • High quality corn-based feed

Local Produce

We are committed to buying locally grown produce when available and in-season as well as purchasing items from regional and local small and mid-sized farms. Food that is grown locally is fresher, reduces the carbon footprint, and supports local farmers and farms who use more sustainable growing practices.

  • Red Tomato
  • Farm Fresh
  • Sid Wainer & Son