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In order to promote sustainability at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, where possible, all events should serve at least 50 percent plant-based food items.

These are low on the food chain and require much fewer resources than animal-based food items. We also recommend that food be locally grown, organic, and minimally processed to promote more efficient resource use.

Recycling and Trash Cans

Make sure that event attendees have easy access to trash cans and recycling bins. To obtain additional recycling bins for your event, include a note on your Event Logistics Request form.

Save Electricity

Don’t forget to turn off any lights or electronic equipment once you are done using them.

Food Selection

Some ideas for food items that meet the 50/50 criteria:

  • Hummus and baba ganoush spreads with crackers, pita, or bread

  • Snacks such as fruit, nuts, chips, salsa, and guacamole

  • Vegetable sushi rolls

  • Veggie burgers

  • Vegetable soups and chili without a cream base

  • Vegetable stir fries

  • Vegan salads such as pasta and bean salads

  • Vegetarian sandwich fixings, including baked tofu, avocados, cucumbers, and tomatoes

  • Vegetable or lentil curries


No need to go out and buy plastic plates and Styrofoam cups for your event. Instead, purchase biodegradable servingware and reduce the amount of trash your event produces. For small events, check out Whole Foods' selection of biodegradable servingware.

For larger events, you can order servingware from Passion Purveyors.


Contact the Sustainability Council for more information.