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:

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Local Purchasing: Did you know Dining Services sources food from many local farmers, growers and distributors when possible? The list changes throughout the year depending on seasonality and availability.  However, here is a sampling of a few of our partners: 

Firefly Farms: MD
EA Parker Farm: VA
Arc Greenhouse: NJ
Hess Farm: PA
Riverside Fruit: WV
Lewis Nursery & Farm: NC


Check Recycling: Dining Services partners with campus to recycle of our card board and fry oil from all dining locations across campus.  We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. 

Check Trayless Dining: Did you know Dining Services has been trayless since 2009? 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: Take part in our reusable mug program to reduce waste and receive a discount on coffee in Starbucks. 

Check Reusable To-Go Container: Getting your meal to go from the Student Restaurant?  Take part in our Reusable To-Go Container program.  

Check Fryer Oil Recycling: One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled by Quest Recycling to be used for bio-diesel and a number of other products.

Check Green Cleaning: All dining locations are committed to using Ecolab daily green cleaning products in our operations to reduce the need for chemical based cleaning products and provide a healthy and safe learning environment. 

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