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Students working at the Virginia Tech Dining Services Farm at Kentland Farm. The farm produces sustainably grown local foods for VT's dining centers.

Students working on the Dining Services Farm
Pictured above, students in the Sustainable Agriculture Practicum class (HORT 2834) prepare the ground for spring planting at Virginia Tech's Homefield Farm.

We believe in a sustainable future for Virginia Tech.

At Dining Services, sustainability is a core part of our mission. Our vision for sustainable campus dining is part of how we design our dining centers, source our ingredients, and our commitment to recycling and composting programs. We believe our green initiatives positively impact our Blacksburg campus and the broader community.

Here’s how our innovative programs work.

Waste Minimization:

Our Dining Centers work to limit the amount of waste and trash sent to landfills in several ways. Food waste from our kitchens and customers is diverted to a Virginia composting facility that converts it to specialty soils for farming and landscaping. Dining Services’ recycling initiatives, as part of broader campus efforts, kept 2,000 tons pounds of glass, aluminum, and plastics out of landfills in 2019.

Homefield Farm:

The centerpiece of our local dining initiative is Homefield Farm, which is a partnership between Dining Services and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and located eight miles from campus. The six-acre, organic operation is entirely student-run and supplies dining centers with more than 50,000 pounds of fresh produce, along with running a farm stand on campus each fall.

Reusable To-Go program:

Our “R2G” program started in 2010 at the request of our students. The green, to-go meal containers are free to use and are returned for cleaning and reuse, keeping thousands of pounds of food packaging out of landfills. Dining Services also offers for purchase Kleen Kanteen insulated mugs and reusable travel utensils from humangear.

*The R2G program has been suspended due changes to our dining centers because of COVID-19. Updates on the program will be posted on this web page as they become available.

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