Pepperdine Main Campus Cafeteria showing locally grown produce and recycled food containers.

Food is at the core of our humanity; we must eat to survive. Food also has a major impact on the natural environment. More often than not, production of food harms the land, water, and our physical health. Issues of agriculture and food are at the heart of sustainability. How is what we eat harming or helping the world around us?


Organic food is produced without the use of pesticides, preservatives, or fertilizers. The methods used emphasize conservation and the use of renewable resources to enhance environmental quality. Pepperdine's food services vendor, Sodexo, offers several organic options including "grab and go" organic snacks, food bars, and juices.


Buying food locally can help reduce fossil fuel consumption and the need for preservatives, by decreasing the distance from field to table. It also encourages local economy rather than a more distant and less familiar global economy. Pepperdine strives to source its produce from local sources.


Production of food from animals is typically much less efficient than the production of vegetables, grains, and fruits due to the amount of land required to raise livestock instead of food crops. Pepperdine University values personal choice and provides vegetarian options at every meal.

Green Boxes

In the month of September, 2013, almost 20,000 paper to-go boxes were used. Don't go paper, go Green Box.

In 2013, the Waves Cafeteria introduced the Green Box, a sustainable alternative to the paper to-go containers. Instead of the disposable, paper containers, the Green Box is made of sturdy, reusable plastic. To use a Green Box, find one in the Cafeteria or request one, then pay for your box at the register. Once you've used the Box, return it to the receptacle located next to the tray carousel in the Cafeteria. The receptacle will, in turn, give you a token, which you can use to get your next Green Box.

Local & Organic Fresh Produce Boxes Available at Pepperdine

In order to provide our community additional healthy food options, Pepperdine University is proud to partner with Farm Fresh To You, which provides local organic produce from a farm in the Imperial Valley. The produce is fresh, picked daily, and arrives at Pepperdine University every Wednesday. You can customize the selection of fruits and veggies as well as the frequency of your pick-up from weekly to monthly. Order directly through their website: and use promo code: 4866.

Reduction in Waste

Pepperdine utilizes a point system for students to buy their meals throughout the year, instead of an open buffet style, significantly reducing the amount of food waste. Dining services provides non-disposable plates and cutlery thereby minimizing the use of disposable items. Users of our dining facilities are encouraged not to take disposable containers and cutlery unless they are taking their meals off-site.

Reusable water bottles are sold in the Malibu bookstore to encourage students not to use disposable cups. Styrofoam is prohibited throughout campus and has been replaced by biodegradable to-go containers.


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