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: Elon Dining Services supports local farmers and the community. We have implemented a preferential purchasing system that identifies local produce items and the area from which it originated. We place preference on food grown within our area, state and then region of the country, in that order. Conventional produce from around the world will still be available when an item is not in season locally so you can continue to enjoy all of nature’s bounty. Produce that is locally grown is harvested closest to its peak for a fresher, more flavorful nutrient-filled result. Buying local conserves energy and allows us to contribute to local farms and the economy. Look for locally grown markers to taste the best flavors our area has to offer, celebrate the season selections, and support the local efforts of our community.

We are also a member of the North Carolina 10% Campaign! NC 10% Campaign members pledge to purchase at least 10% of all food locally. Learn more about the NC 10% Campaign by visiting www.nc10percent.com.

Recycling: Dining Services recycles plastic, paper, cardboard and aluminum. Look for recycling bins around campus with signs letting you know what's recyclable.



Fryer Oil Recycling: One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled to be used in biodiesel fuels!



Trayless Dining: Did you know Dining Services has saved 900 gallons of water per day, 198,000 gallons of water per school year, by going 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.



Reusable Mug Program: Bring your own mug or water bottle to any campus dining facility and receive your coffee or fountain beverage for only $0.79!



Composting: All back of the house food waste from McEwen, Colonnades, and Lakeside Dining Halls and front of the house waste from Winter Garden Cafe and Fountain Market is composted. Dining customers can help by using the waste bins at Winter Garden Cafe and Fountain Market identified for composting.  Food waste from these dining locations are sent to outside composting companies.



Compostable To-go Containers: Take out is green at all residential dining halls. Ask for a compostable to-go container today!



Compostable Coke Cups: All retail locations use Compostable Coke cups that are 100% compostable! Please place these in the orange compost bins located across campus to increase our composting efforts.



Recycled Content Paper: We use 100% recycled content office and copy paper in all dining offices.



Recycled Content Hot Cups: These cups feature 10% post-consumer fiber, an innovative and food safe material.  The cups meet our quality standards and will simultaneously help the environment!  Using a 10% post-consumer fiber cup will help reduce the use of virgin tree fiber by five million pounds in one year alone, the equivalent of 75,000 trees!



Fair Trade Coffee: Fair Trade Coffee is sold at ALL retail locations on campus and Elon Catering.  Elon Dining Services recognizes the need for social and environmental responsibility towards farm workers, our customers and our communities.  That is why we have implemented the Fair Trade Coffee program at our We Proudly Brew Starbucks locations, the Eco-Grounds program at the Java City @ KBC, and Port City Java available through Elon Catering.  Benefits of these programs for coffee farmers mean community development, health, education, and environmental stewardship.



Bulk Dispensers: Bulk dispensers are used when practical to reduce packaging. Products available in bulk include juices, sodas, milk, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, and cereals.



Recyclemania and Earth Day: Dining Services participates in Recyclemania, a 10 week annual competition among colleges and universities nationwide, and supports and hosts Earth Day Events on campus to spread awareness and environmental responsibility.



Technology: Food management software ensures that Dining Services forecasts accurately to match food production to consumption. Topio's, Freshii, Biscuitville, Argo Tea, and Einstein Bros. Bagels use electronic menu boards rather than paper menus in an effort to reduce paper consumption and waste.



China, Flatware and Glasses: We use china, flatware and glasses in residential campus dining locations that are washed and sanitized for reuse reducing the amount of paper packaging.



Reusable Cleaning Cloths: Sanitized reusable cleaning cloths are used to clean our locations rather than paper products. 



Green Cleaning: All dining locations are committed to using New Ionators, 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: We train our employees each semester on common energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve precious natural resources.