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 Local Purchasing: Did you know Dining Services sources food from many local famers, 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:
  • VAnderwees Farms
  • The Great Northwest Coffee Company
  • Bennets Bakery
  • Thunder Oak Cheese Farm
  • Veg-E-Tate Market Garden
  • Sandpiper Cakes 

Check Trayless Dining: 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 fountain beverages and coffee in the dining locations.

Check 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.

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.