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Local and Sustainable Food Purchasing

Emory's sustainability vision is to help restore the global ecosystem, foster healthy living, and reduce the University's impact on the local environment. Progress will be measured using the environmental, economic, and social "triple bottom line" of sustainability.
Our commitments:

  1. Our milk and yogurt come from cows not treated with the artificial growth hormone rBGH/rBST
  2. We source seafood according to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® guidelines for commercial buyers
  3. Fair Trade coffee and tea is our standard
  1. We offer plentiful plant-based options every day, which have a lower carbon footprint than meat and dairy-centric choices. Emory Dining is listed on Peta’s list of top vegan friendly colleges.
  1. We only use compostable and recyclable disposables
  1. We provides jobs for the Atlanta community with a minimum $12+ /hr rate of pay

Emory Dining is committed to sourcing at least 50% local food and/or sustainable food by 2016. Emory defines local food as food produced in Georgia or the 8-state Southeast Region which includes the states of AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN. Sustainable food is defined as products that meet one of the following criteria: USDA organic, grass-fed, Fair Trade, Certified Humane by Humane Farm Animal Care, Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative”.
Some of our local partners include:


Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
Fair Trade and Organic Coffee
Cafe Campesino
Fair Trade and Organic Coffee   
Harris Robinette Beef  
Honeysuckle Gelato  
King of Pops  
Oxford College Organic Farm
Pure Bliss Organics Granola
Southern Swiss Dairy Milk
Savannah River Farms
Springer Mountain Farms
Tucker Farms
The Turnip Truck and the many local producers they distribute:
  • Atlanta Harvest
  • Double L Ranch
  • East Georgia Produce
  • Crystal Organic Farm
  • Local Lands Farm
  • Red Earth Organic Farm/D & A Farm

Emory Dining is committed to supporting Fair Trade.

The Fair Trade certification provides farmers a secure, multiyear contract and a higher, guaranteed price for their product, as well as a social premium to use for community development projects. On the farms, the certification ensures farmworkers have rights to democratically organize, safe working conditions, and their crops are grown according to environmental production standards, including reduced use of pesticides.
Fair Trade coffee is offered at all dining locations. The following locations serve exclusively Fair Trade coffee:

We serve Fair Trade hot teas at the following locations: