Minimizing our Campus Foodprint


Food Day is a national event that takes place October 24. It is intended to inspire Americans to make healthy changes in our diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national levels. This year, Food Day had a special focus on greener diets as a way to address health and environmental issues.

Washington University celebrated Food Day throughout the week with a theme of “Know Your Foodprint.” The aim of Food Week was to increase awareness of the relative impacts of food choices and to connect participants to local farmers and resources so they more fully understand where food comes from and how to be as efficient as possible with our food system.

Presented by the Office of Sustainability, Dining Services, the Burning Kumquat, and Harvest Health, activities took place both on- and off-campus. Highlights included tours of St. Louis’ first rooftop farm and the Kaldi’s Coffee roastery, a student skillshare on potting plants, a film screening and discussion, and a volunteer day at a community garden. Student and staff volunteers also tabled at WUSTL Dining Services locations and shared information on the Green Monday campaign. Through their efforts, approximately 70 WUSTL community members opted to take the Green Monday pledge to eat vegetarian at least one day per week. Thank you to everyone who participated!