Focus Areas


Food represents a primary interface between environmental and social sustainability and personal choice. Everyone eats, but what everyone eats has implications far beyond the plate. Increasingly, Americans eat foods that have traveled thousands of miles, come in plastic packaging, are grown with chemical inputs, and were harvested and packaged by workers about which the consumer knows little. All of this requires a vast amount of energy, which, given climate change and impending oil shortages, threatens long-term food security.

At IU, a number of student groups and the Food Working Group are working with the main on-campus food providers to begin sourcing local food.

  • Lettuces at the Campus Garden

    In Context

    Explore the intersection of food and sustainability and read about the impacts of food production, packaging, and waste on our environment and society.

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  • Volunteers at the Campus Garden

    Goals & Progress

    Find out what goals have been set and how far we've come toward reaching them.

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  • Volunteers at the Campus Garden

    Working Goup

    Learn about the students, faculty, staff, and community members addressing the issues of food and sustainability at IU.

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  • Tomatoes at the annual BREG Festival

    Programs & Resources

    Discover what's being done at IU and how you can get involved.

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