Eat With Purpose

Plant-forward diets have proven benefits to both human and environmental health. Deacon Dining has committed to making plant-forward dining accessible, nutritious, and tasty through the vegan station in the Pit, plant-forward catering menus, and meatless alternatives at our campus dining locations.

Did you know that shifting to a plant-rich diet is actually a demand-side solution to global warming? The foods we eat, and where they come from, matter on a global scale. In fact, reduced food waste and plant-rich diets rank first and third, respectively, in Project Drawdown — the comprehensive ‘recipe book’ of the 80 most impactful solutions to draw carbon emissions out of our atmosphere.

By dining multiple times per day, imagine how many opportunities you have to turn the tables. With Wake Forest’s dedication to plant-forward dining, you can eat for yourself and the planet.

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A Commitment to Responsible Sourcing

Deacon Dining purchases seasonal and responsibly raised, grown and sourced products whenever possible. Responsible sourcing has a direct impact on our local and global climate impact, our health and wellness and the environment. With every purchase, Deacon Dining engages suppliers and partners in an effort to source environmentally and socially responsible products.

From 3% to 30% Sustainable Spend

Strategic changes to food and beverage purchasing at Wake Forest have made eating on campus better for consumers and the environment.
Read About Our Sustainable Purchasing Here

Wake Forest Dining Makes Strides in Third-Party Verified Purchasing

November 27th, 2018|Comments Off on Wake Forest Dining Makes Strides in Third-Party Verified Purchasing

Strategic changes to food and beverage purchasing at Wake Forest have made eating on campus better for consumers and the environment. By Kellie Shanaghan Wake Forest University recently earned a STARS gold rating for the [...]

Did You Know? Fast Facts from Wake Forest’s Recent STARS Gold Report

November 21st, 2018|Comments Off on Did You Know? Fast Facts from Wake Forest’s Recent STARS Gold Report

Wake Forest recently received its first STARS Gold Rating for sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This rating reflects important strides across the campus in areas from [...]

Eating for Environmental Wellness

March 7th, 2018|Comments Off on Eating for Environmental Wellness

by Nathan Peifer, M.Div. ’13 Campus Garden Manager, Campus as a Lab Pilot Manager The first time I tried to grow a garden, I learned a fundamental lesson: food is a gift from the Earth. [...]

Drawdown Series Part 2 of 3: Leading the Way Toward Carbon Reduction through Campus-Wide Initiatives

October 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on Drawdown Series Part 2 of 3: Leading the Way Toward Carbon Reduction through Campus-Wide Initiatives

by Office of Sustainability Staff Writer Suzy Mullins (’18) Over the past few weeks, we have examined how Wake Forest is working to adopt, demonstrate, or research 25 of the 80 solutions from Drawdown, “the [...]