As a division of UHDS, OSU catering also attempts to source its ingredients from local and organic distributors. Catering menus can be customized to include local and organic selections.
To see more of what UHDS is doing, see their sustainability website.
An all-volunteer, student-run organic farm uses ~2 acres to provide educational and social opportunities for anyone wanting to learn about agriculture. During the summer months, the Organic Growers sell their bounty in the ALS foyer every Friday from 8 AM-5 PM. Proceeds from the sale support summer interns, educational opportunities for Growers, farm maintenance, and help philanthropic organizations around town.
Composting @ OSU
Kitchen scraps and leftovers (pre- and post-consumer) from the dining centers form a sizeable portion of OSU's waste stream and the majority of composted material at OSU. This diverts tons of waste from the landfill and provides a feedstock for the Pacific Region Compost facility, run by Republic Services. Additionally the OSU Organic Growers Club makes and uses compost at their farm on Highway 34.