At the intersection of social and environmental sustainability, our food system has widespread impacts on people, animals, and natural resources. We seek to increase the ethics, equity, and ecological integrity of our food through the choices we make every day as individuals and as a campus community.

       What is REAL Food?  

REAL food takes into account the impact of food on both people and the environment. Our food often requires intensive amounts of labor and natural resources. REAL food standards provide a holistic evaluation of the implications and injustices associated with our food systems.

 Fair trade, eco-sound, humane, local. REAL.

Creating a sustainable food system is an effort valued by our partners across campus.

IU Campus Farm

2920 East 10th Street

Did you know that IU actually grows much of its own produce? You might eat it at an IU Dining location, but you can also purchase directly from the Farm Stand! To volunteer, join us in the fall and spring seasons on Fridays and Saturdays from 12-4 p.m.

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IU Food Institute

405 N. Park Ave.

From faculty research to open weekly seminars, the Food Institute and Food Project are committed to exploring the many topics, issues, and challenges related to our food system. Check out their calendar for events.

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IU Dining

Through initiatives such as REAL Food and zero-waste facilities, IU Dining is working towards a more sustainable food system here on campus.

Sustainable Dining

How can YOU Sustain IU?

Choose lower-impact foods, such as plant-based proteins and locally-grown produce.

Watch your food waste, by choosing items with less plastic/packaging.

Compost at on-campus locations and sign up for off-campus services. 

Attend annual events such as Big Red Eats Green and the IU Food Summit.

Volunteer at the Campus Farm and/or sign up for your own garden plot! 


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. To join or receive meeting information, co-chaired by: Carl IpsenSteven Lalevich, please contact us.

Upcoming meeting: October 24, 2019, 2-4pm in the RPS Conference Room (801 N. Jordan Ave).

Sustain IU

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