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 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:
  • Sysco (Eastern Maryland) Pocomoke, MD 
  • Amoroso Baking Co. Philadelphia, PA 
  • UDairy Creamery Newark, DE

Check Recycling: Dining Services participates in the University Single Stream Recycling program. We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint.  Look for signs in our locations for information on where to put your recyclables..

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 ALL Retail dining locations..

Check Fryer Oil Recycling: One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled and turned into bio-diesel fuel.

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 Green Cleaning: All dining locations are committed to using environmentally friendly 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 & Water Conservation: We train our employees each semester on common energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve precious natural resources.