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 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:

  • Walter P. Rawl & Sons Inc. - Pelion, SC
  • Scott Farms Inc. - Lucama, NC
  • Sunny Creek Farms - Tryon, NC
  • Port City Java - Wilmington, NC
  • Clemson Blue Cheese - Clemson, SC

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Reusables: Save 10 cents on brewed coffee when you fill your travel mug or get a refill in your disposable cup at locations across campus, including: Einstein Bros. Bagels, Starbucks, Watt Cafe, and P.O.D. stores.


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Recycling: Dining Services partners with campus to recycle food waste for compost, metal, cans, plastic, cardboard and paper products 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.


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Trayless Dining:  Did you know Dining Services has been trayless since 2005? 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.


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Reusable To-Go Containers: Getting your meal to go from any of our dining halls? Take part in our Reusable To-Go Container program. Here’s how it works:
Our To-Go Container Program is free to join for Meal Plan members and only costs $5 per semester for those without Meal Plans. Just let a cashier know at Schilletter or Fresh Food Co. Dining Hall that you would like to participate and you will receive a To-Go Box for immediate use. The next time you would like a to-go meal, bring back your used To-Go Box and receive a clean one or a key tag to use for later. To- Go Boxes are not permitted for dine-in use in any of the dining halls.


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Fryer Oil Recycling: One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled to be used for bio-diesel.


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Recycled Content Paper: We use 30% recycled content office and copy paper in all dining locations on campus.


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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.


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