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ETSU Sustainability


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Healthy and sustainable eating go hand in hand! When you select foods that are good for your body, they are often good for the environment as well. Use the tips below to enhance your diet and reduce your impact:



Shop for organic and local food. You can find organic and/or local options at Earth Fare, the ETSU Farmers Market, the Johnson City Farmers Market, Kroger, Fresh Market, The Natural Foods Market, and Ingles.

Purchase a CSA share through the River Creek Farm to receive fresh, organic and local produce.

Minimize your meat consumption. Meat production is much less sustainable than vegetable production. Try excluding meat from your diet at least one day out of the week!

Grow your own organic produce at the ETSU Community Garden! Visit the ETSU Community Garden page for more info.

Clean your plate, and take only what you will eat! Discarded food releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas emission, as it decomposes in a landfill.

Dine in. "To-go" orders are often accompanied by disposable items (such as Styrofoam containers, plastic ware, etc.) that would not be used when dining in at a restaurant.

If you are able within your housing situation, you can compost food scraps. Composting works to stabilize nutrients in the soil and is more beneficial for the environment than sending food waste to the landfill.


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