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A Culture of Care

Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.


Locally sourced apples


Smith College Dining Services is committed to supporting sustainability with a focus on three key areas: local and sustainable foods; waste reduction through composting and recycling; and responsible use of resources through purchasing and operations.

Our Commitment

  • To provide foods that nourish us, our community and our environment.
  • To support local farms and the local economy.
  • To reduce the amount of energy and carbon emissions associated with the transportation of food.
  • To increase transparency in purchases and think critically about our buying power as a food service institution.
  • To support a more conscious food culture at Smith College and cultivate a deeper respect for farmers and the production structure of our foods.
  • To purchase 20 percent real food by 2020 according to the Real Food Challenge Criteria (and we met our goal in 2017!).

Our Efforts

  • We choose to buy local whenever it is seasonally available and financially feasible.
  • We actively reduce waste and divert it through composting and recycling.
  • We have trayless dining.
  • We actively engage with our consumers in the Smith community.
  • We are allies in educating and expanding awareness of local food use on campus.
  • We provide first-year students with a reusable water bottle at Central Check-In.
  • We provide all students with entry into the reusable to-go program.

A Local Agritour with Dining Services