Sustainable catering

Sustainable catering guide diagram

Learn more about Zero Waste events and the Decidedly Green Menu.

Download and share the sustainable catering guide.

Approved Food Providers

Consult ASU's Approved Food Provider List when considering vendors that have adopted green practices:

  • Can provide environmentally friendly and reusable table accents or decorations.
  • Have a Green Transportation Plan.
  • Have an environmental policy statement.
  • Have documented Green Initiatives.
  • Offers vegan or vegetarian options.
  • Provide alternative options for Styrofoam products that are recyclable or compostable.
  • Provide Fair Trade products.
  • Provide locally sourced food.
  • Provide organic options.
  • Provide water in large containers rather than disposable bottles.
  • Recycle during events.
  • Serve meat, poultry, or dairy that is produced sustainably (cage-free, free-range, grass-fed).
  • Use non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products.
  • Use products made from recycled materials or are recyclable.
  • Vary menu by season.

Ordering tips

Consider the following before ordering food:

  • Eliminate single-use plastic silverware and single-serve condiments.
  • Provide healthy and nutritious options.
  • Think about food overage donation programs. 
  • Use suppliers that minimize food waste.

Review the sustainable purchasing guidelines.