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Sustainable Food Choices

FoodMapWorking in partnership with our food provider Aramark, we are beginning to assess the sustainability of our food purchases at the College of Charleston. Beginning in 2012, Food Services Director Michelle Crowe researched purchasing at the College by region. The map on the left shows the very first documentation of food sourcing at CofC.

Through our partnership with Aramark, we have been able to continue researching our food purchasing, as well as increase the amount of sustainable options available at the dining halls and through catering services. In the fall of 2013, locally sourced produce began being tracked in real time. A food item can only be considered local or sustainable if it meets a set of qualifications specified under the AASHE guidelines.

A list of the local growers used that semester can be found here.
Information on our most recent semester (fall 2014) can be found here.

For the calendar year 2014, we sourced about 9% of our total produce for the dining halls and catering from within 250 miles of the College. In addition to sourcing, we also co-hosted events for Food Day every year since 2012 and during the College’s annual Sustainability Week. In the summer of 2015, GrowFood Carolina was officially added as a vendor for the College.

Did you know that you can request local and sustainable options specifically for your event? Our community partners GrowFood Carolina and Limehouse Produce are able to provide local produce and other options when you place your order with Aramark catering!

Stay tuned for our future projects including our Sustainable Food Policy (fall 2015) and further information on tracking our food purchases at the College!


Synergies is a digital regional reader for sustainability published through the College of Charleston Office of Sustainability. The first issue of Synergies premiered in March 2014, and the magazine will continue to publish once per semester to keep the College of Charleston, the Lowcountry, and the Southeast up to date on current events, innovative partnerships, and human perspectives on sustainability. Visit