Environmental sustainability is a fundamental part of our mission, guiding how we operate. We strive to reduce our environmental impact through practices that enrich and support the natural environment.

Through our environmental sustainability platform, we bring innovative and efficient solutions to life.  We are passionately focused on reducing the environmental impact within our operations. We continuously improve our own practices, while offering expertise and practical solutions.

Culinary Commitments

Our Goal is to offer a variety of bold, inspiring dishes made from responsibly sourced ingredients. Each new creation gets us one step closer.

At Deacon Dining we strive to provide our guests with the food and nutrients that enable them to feed their body and maintain not only a healthy lifestyle but ultimately contribute to maintaining a healthy planet.

Performance Dining

Eat With A Purpose

Plant Forward Dining supports both your health and the environment. Plant Forward eating may still contain meat, however, it is not the “star” of the plate. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or an omnivore, focus on minimally processed plant foods.

We strive to provide guests with an abundance of healthy and nourishing food.  An ideal plate should have the following balance:

We purchase local, seasonal and responsibly raised, grown and sourced products whenever possible

Responsible Sourcing

We firmly believe responsible sourcing has a direct impact on our local and global economies, our health and wellness and the environment. With every purchase we engage suppliers and partners in an effort to source environmentally and socially responsible products.


Hydration Stations are strategically placed across campus to allow our guests the ability to refill water bottles as needed. These stations track how many plastic bottles we have saved by refilling resusable containers. Infused water stations are also available in our residence dining halls in addition to our Rainforest Alliance Teas.

Deacon Dining Services partners with Wake Forest University to recycle from all dining locations across campus. We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint.

Reduce – Food Waste

We minimize our footprint through our waste reduction. We focus on reducing waste at the source by adhearing to standards for ordering, preparing, serving, and tracking food production. This results in decreasing the overall cost of waste both environmentally and financially. Food that is produced and not consumed and deemed safe surplus food, is donated to our Campus Kitchen for distribution. In 2018 Deacon Dining donated over 8,500 pounds to Campus Kitchen.

Reduce – By-products

Paper straws, plastic carry out bags, and lids are available only upon request. Our Catering Team utilizes only disposable tableware that is compostable to ensure zero landfill waste.  In addition, they partner with the Office of Sustainability to collect all compostable items across campus.


Reusable Green To-Go boxes are available for a one-time charge of $5.00.  This green box can be used in The Pit, Hilltop Market and the Magnolia Room to take your meals with you.  You can return it for a fresh one or a chip that can be redeemed later for a new container. This reduces the amount of one-time use boxes such as Styrofoam and other plastic materials.


Deacon Dining helps to recycle by sending all pre-consumer waste from The Pit and all pre-consumer and post-consumer waste from North Dining Hall to Gallins Family Farm for composting. In addition, one hundred percent of our dining services fryer oil is recycled to be used in biodiesel fuels.


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