ASU restaurants participate in climate-friendly food program

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TEMPE, AZ – Arizona State University students returning to campus this semester will have more dining options to choose from, including climate-friendly options.

ASU is one of ten universities selected as part of a pilot program that introduces low-carbon meal options known as “Cool Food Meals”. It’s a partnership with the World Resources Institute, or WRI, and Aramark as well.

“What we do know is that food and agriculture account for 25% of total greenhouse gas emissions, so it is becoming increasingly evident that if we are to tackle the climate emergency, we have to think about food, ”said Edwina Hughes, director of Cool. Food for World Resources Institute.

The “Cool Food Meal” badge appears on some campus menus, identifying meals with a lower carbon footprint. The ingredient of a meal and the land eventually used to produce it are the main criteria for the badge.

Some Cool Food meals that will be on campus include a Southwestern Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet, Linguine with Lemon Garlic Shrimp, and Cauliflower Stir-Fry Rice.

Hughes with WRI says that a big reason universities like ASU were selected is because of students’ commitment to tackling climate change.

“The university population is very active and determined to tackle the climate emergency, but I think there might be a bit of frustration with what I’m doing, you know, what I can do differently, it can do When they choose a Cool Food Meal, they know they are choosing an environmentally friendly meal, ”says Hughes.


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