Sustainable Dining

Global food systems account for about a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions. Dining at NYU Abu Dhabi fosters and promotes sustainability through its business practices, menu offerings, and dining operations.

Cool Food Pledge

New York University is a signatory to the Cool Food Pledge, a commitment to reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2030.

This pledge encompasses all contracted dining facilities at NYU’s campuses in New York, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi, collectively accounting for over 20 NYU-run dining facilities around the world. Additionally, NYU joins over 30 other global organizations serving over 800 million meals annually.

To accomplish this, NYUAD will incorporate the EAT-Lancet and Menus of Change frameworks into its dining principles, emphasizing a variety of sustainability objectives such as:

  • Featuring daily menus that have vegetarian and vegan options that are healthy, protein-rich, and wellness-oriented.
  • Offering vegan options wherever dairy products are offered.
  • Serving Beyond or other vegan burgers at every grill location including plant based meat substitutes such as Beyond Meat and Sweet Earth products in multiple recipes and served at multiple outlets across campus.
  • Bringing educational programs to teach students how to make delicious, healthy, planet-friendly choices, and how to cook these things for themselves.

Responsible Dining

Our reusable container program is a sustainable way to take food back to your dorm room or desk and it’s easy to join.