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

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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:
Pioneer Valley Grower's Association, South Deerfield, MA 
Lanni Orchards, Lunenburg, MA 
Eva's Garden, South Dartmouth, MA

Recycling

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University Dining partners with campus to recycle from 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

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Did you know University Dining has been trayless since 2007? 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.

Fryer Oil Recycling

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One hundred percent of University Dining's used fryer oil is recycled and used for heating oil in homeless shelters.

Hydration Stations

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University Dining offers several hydration stations throughout campus. Use the filtered water stations to refresh and refuel while helping to impact your carbon footprint.

Recycled Content Paper

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We use 100% recycled content office and copy paper in all dining locations on campus.

Green Cleaning

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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.

Energy & Water Conservation

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We train our employees each semester on common energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve precious natural resources.

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