Food has impacts on biodiversity, climate (carbon impact), water and soil quality, natural resources (water and land), waste. The impact on the climate is particularly significant since food accounts for 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
EPFL is therefore undertaking a programme to reduce its impact in this area through several initiatives
The introduction of washable lunchboxes in 2017 is a success with more than 6,000 official lunchboxes in circulation in all catering outlets and a central washing service
A market of vegetables and local products takes place every Monday on Esplananda and a local market gardener delivers vegetables on order on Wednesday afternoon
The vegetarian and vegan offer is being developed in restaurants, with dedicated pictograms for both offers
For EPFL, the climatic impact of food represents one third of its global CO2 impacts
Several participatory vegetable gardens have been created in recent years and the movement is growing
From 2012, several electric barbecues were installed on the Ecublens campus and in Neuchâtel (Microcity). Students and employees can book them for free on myCamipro. Monday to Friday, 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 10pm. The grills are offered by the EPFL Student Foundation (FEE)