Sustainable menu planning reflects the decisions that organizers make regarding the selection of foods and beverages served at conferences and events. The choice of food and beverages can have a big impact on an event’s environmental footprint. There are many lenses through which one can look at food options including: local, organic, seasonal, and water-wise. Often these lenses overlap, but sometimes choices need to be made between various options.
The goal of this guide is to inform organizers of the sustainable options that exist, to encourage the selection of environmentally-friendly options, and to recognize opportunities for educating attendees on the benefits of making healthful and environmentally-responsible choices.