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Sustainable Food at the Medical University of South Carolina

Food is central to sustainable and healthy communities. The world food system is responsible for 19 to 29 percent of greenhouse gas emissions globally, compared to 13.1 percent for transportation systems1.

What constitutes sustainable food?

  • Socially and environmentally responsible sourcing.
  • Low-waste packaging and composting.
  • Healthy and vegetarian options.

What We're Doing to Promote Sustainable Food

  • Sustainable food in the MUSC cafeteria — Read about Sodexo's Sustainability Initiatives at MUSC as part of the Better Tomorrow Plan.
  • Sustainable catering — Are you planning a catered event on campus? Download MUSC's Sustainable Catering Guide (PDF) to learn best practices for coordinating an event with minimal waste and environmental impact. Due to MUSC's size, the impacts of catering choices at MUSC can be felt throughout the community and especially on campus. The choices you make for catering your event can result in a major impact in sustainability and waste on campus.
  • Farmers market & CSA drop-offs — Visit the Office of Health Promotion's website for up-to-date information on the Friday farmers market and information on community supported agriculture (CSA) share drop-off locations.
  • MUSC Urban Farm — The MUSC Urban Farm uses resilient agro-ecological growing practices to produce healthy produce. Visit the Urban Farm website to learn about volunteer opportunities, special programs, and more.


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