Progress Indicators

Percent of food purchased that qualifies as REAL food
(for clearer depiction of progress, placed on a 25% scale)
Percent of produce used in dining halls sourced from the Campus Farm.
(for clearer depiction of progress, placed on a 5% scale)
Percent of food sourced locally.
(for clearer depiction of progress, placed on a 25% scale)

Partnering across campus to create a more sustainable food system

Food Working Group

The vision of the Food Working Group is to cultivate an environmentally sustainable and socially just food system that promotes food security, education, and local procurement within the University. Co-chaired by Carl Ipsen and Rahul Shrivastav.

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IU Food Institute

The IU Food Institute works across disciplines to bring together students and faculty interested in all things food! Attend an IUFI Speaker Series event, learn about Food Studies courses, or become an IUFI Affiliate!

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IU Dining

IU Dining is working to increase the amount of food sourced locally and responsibly, as well as reduce the amount of food waste on campus.

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Center for Rural Engagement

The Center for Rural Engagement is working with IU students, faculty, and staff to collaborate on issues facing rural communities in Indiana. Through research, teaching and service, the CRE seeks to address a wide range of challenges, "from addiction to the arts."

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Sustainable Food Systems Science

The SFSS group is an interdisciplinary initiative of researchers at IU, studying sustainable food system development so as to promote food justice and public health and well-being.

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Campus Farm

Implementing regenerative agriculture, urban farming practices, food justice, and organic food production, the Campus Farm promotes sustainable food systems education through food production, research, creative activity, service, and outreach to the campus, community, and beyond. Volunteer at the Farm or buy produce from the farmstand on Mondays & Thursdays!

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Individuals involved in food production work in safe and fair conditions, receive fair compensation, are ensured the right to organize and the right to a
grievance process, and have equal opportunity for employment.
Practicing environmental stewardship that conserves biodiversity and ecosystem resilience and preserves natural resources. Production practices minimize toxic substances, greenhouse gas emissions, natural resource depletion, and environmental degradation. 



Foods that can be traced to nearby farms, ranches, boats, and businesses that are locally owned and operated. Supporting small and mid-size food businesses challenges trends towards consolidation in the food industry and supports local economies.Animals have their mental, physical, and behavioral needs met in a low-stress environment and throughout their life are only administered drugs for treatment of diagnosed illness or disease.

Working to increase the ethics, equity, and ecological integrity of our food choices.

At the intersection of social and environmental sustainability, our food system has widespread impacts on people, animals, and natural resources.  

Sustain IU

Office of Sustainability
704 E. 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812.855.9195