What We're Doing

We work together to continually develop and implement sustainable solutions. Through Green Thread, our environmental sustainability platform, we bring innovative and efficient solutions to life. We are passionately focused on reducing the environmental impact within our operations. Here are just a few ways we work to make our campus more environmentally conscious:

Check Sustainable Purchasing: Did you know Dining Services is focusing on sustainable purchasing and identifies and serves an increasing amount of locally grown, organic, and vegan items at each residential dining hall when possible? By 2016, 20% of our items will be locally sourced food from many local farmers, growers and distributors.

Check Recycling: Dining Services partners with Campus Kitchen Project, a student-run organization, since 2008. The Campus Kitchen Project runs an organic garden on campus that grows produce that is donated to local food kitchens.

Check Trayless Dining:  Did you know Dining Services has been trayless since 2012. By dining trayless, you have helped positively impact the waste stream.  Dining trayless minimizes food waste, conserves energy and water, and reduces the amount of cleaning chemicals entering the waste stream..

Check Reusables: Beverage discounts are available with a reusable cup purchase available at Starbucks, Atrium Cafe, Einstein Bros Bagels and P.O.D.

Check Reusable To-Go Containers: Program was implemented in Collins, East Village, Memorial and Penland residential dining halls.

Check Fryer Oil Recycling: One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled by Alliance Processors, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas.

Check Hydration Stations: Dining Services offers several hydration stations throughout campus.  Use the filtered water stations to refresh and refuel while helping to impact your carbon footprint.

Check Recycled Content Paper: We use 30% recycled content office and copy paper in dining locations on campus.

Check Green Cleaning: All dining locations are committed to using electrically-activated tap water in our operations to reduce the need for chemical based cleaning products and provide a healthy and safe learning environment.

Check Energy & Water Conservation: We train our employees each semester on common energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve precious natural resources.