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:

Local Purchasing


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

  • City Bread
  • Dunn Rite
  • To-Le-Do Foodservice
  • Nature's Farm
  • Bothwell Cheese
  • Peak of the Market


Dining Services partners with campus to recycle at all dining locations across campus. We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. Look for signs in our locations for information on where to put your recyclables.

Trayless Dining

Did you know Dining Services is trayless? 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.


Take part in our reusable mug program to reduce waste and receive a 25 cent discount on hot beverages at ALL Dining Services locations. In 2012, we kept over 35,000 cups out of landfills because YOU lugged a mug!

Fryer Oil Recycling

One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled.

Green Cleaning

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