Food and Dining

WSU Sustainability works in partnership with the University's dining services provider, Sodexo, to meet the food sustainability goals and objectives outlined in WSU's Sustainability Plan. Per the Sustainability Plan, Sodexo is striving to ensure that at least 25% of the food procured is plant-based, and/or sustainably or ethically produced as defined below.

Plant-based Foods

fruits and vegetables (produce)
whole grains
beans, other legumes (pulses)
soy foods
nuts and seeds
plant oils, herbs, spices
simple combinations of these foods and their derivatives
vegetarian/vegan alternatives to meat and dairy


Sustainable Agriculture

International standards Regional Standards
  • Biodynamic Certified (Demeter)
  • American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture (ANSI/LEO-4000) (Silver or higher) - U.S.
  • Bird Friendly Coffee
  • Bee Better Certified (Xerces Society) - U.S.
  • Certified Organic under any IFOAM-endorsed standard
  • Food Alliance Certified - U.S.
  • Certified Sustainably Grown (SCS)
  • Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) verified (e.g., Certified Naturally Grown)
  • LEAF Marque (Linking Environment and Farming)
  • Protected Harvest Certified - U.S.
  • Naturland certified
  • Salmon Safe Certified - U.S.
  • Rainforest Alliance Certified (Sustainable Agriculture SAN Standard)
  • USDA Transitional Organic - U.S.
  • Regenerative Organic Certified


  • UTZ certified



Sustainable Seafood

International standards
  • Marine Stewardship Council blue ecolabel (paired with MSC Chain of Custody certification)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (Best Choices, Good Alternatives, and Recommended Eco-Certifications)


Fair Trade / Labor 

International standards Regional Standards
  • Ecocert Fair Trade (EFT)
  • Equitable Food Initiative certified - U.S.
  • Fair for Life (IMO)
  • Fair Food Program (Fair Food Standards Council / Coalition of Immokalee Workers) - U.S.
  • Fairtrade mark (Fairtrade International)
  • Fair Trade Federation member - U.S. and Canada
  • Fair Trade Certified (Fair Trade USA)
  • Food Justice Certified (Agricultural Justice Project) - U.S.
  • FairWild certified
  • Milk with Dignity (Migrant Justice) - U.S.
  • Guaranteed Fair Trade (WFTO)


  • Hand in Hand (Rapunzel)


  • Small Producers’ Symbol (SPP)



Humane Animal Care 

International standards Regional Standards
  • Animal Welfare Approved (A Greener World)
  • AGA-Certified Grassfed - U.S.
  • Certified Humane Raised and Handled
  • American Humane Certified (Laying Hens - Free Range and Pasture only) - U.S. and Canada
  • Global Animal Partnership Certified (Step 2 and above)
  • BuyingPoultry (Best Choices and Better Choices) - U.S. and Canada