• Learn about how the CIA leads the way with its green campus initiatives and sustainability plans.
  • CIA Green Campus Initiative

    Ensuring a clean, healthy planet is one of the most important goals of the food industry. Launched 2010 in, The Culinary Institute of America’s Green Campus Initiative demonstrates our own commitment to this ideal as students, faculty, and staff collaborate to make our college campuses even more sustainable and eco-friendly.

    This is accomplished through several channels, such as:

    • Promoting sustainable agriculture by purchasing local ingredients and growing them in campus for use in classes, adding sustainability themes to CIA coursework and community activities, and serving fair trade coffee in our dining facilities.
    • Managing our resources by operating a composting and single-stream recycling program, converting used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel to power campus vans, using a Natura water system and reusable glass bottles in our restaurants, and employing electrolyzing cleaning systems.
    • Transforming our campuses into eco-friendly hubs that employ solar, water, and renewable materials strategies, managing storm water and mitigating the “urban heat island effect” through garden roof technology, and installing geothermal heat pumps and energy recovery ventilators inside student residence lodges.
    • Conserving energy to reduce our carbon footprint by conducting lighting audits, reducing the need for automotive travel by promoting high-definition videoconferences, and installing energy-efficient bulbs, motion sensors, and kitchen ventilation controls.
  • Contact Us

    The Culinary Institute of America
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
    Phone: 845-452-9600
  • Green Appeal

    CIA Green Campus Initiative has already earned numerous accolades, including:

    • Farm-to-Table Award from The Valley Table
    • Green-Friendly Organization Headliner Award from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
    • Gold-level LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (Vineyard Lodge II)
    • Harvest Award from Glynwood

    In addition, the CIA is a member of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities.