Advising Dining. Promoting Action. Engaging Students. Students interested in Dining Sustainability are welcome to join the Green Dining Group. We meet every 3-4 weeks during the academic school year to launch new programs, promote sustainable food, and challenge each other. To join, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greens to Grounds. U.Va. Dining supports Greens to Grounds, a student-run CSA that allows U.Va. students to purchase fresh, locally grown food with Plus Dollars. Boxes are prepared with the student in mind– to minimize cooking and maximize freshness! Students may participate for one week, or for the entire semester.
Meatless Mondays. In addition to the vegan and vegetarian station, another station will serve a meat-free entrée at lunch and dinner. Reducing meat consumption just one day a week can make room for healthier eating habits and can also lighten your environmental footprint. To learn more about the environmental and health benefits of reducing your meat intake visit the John Hopkins Meatless Mondays Project.
Donating food to the Campus Kitchens Project. U.Va. Dining donates unused portions of dining room food that has been deemed safe by the health inspector to the student-led Campus Kitchens Project. The group feeds underserved members of the Charlottesville community at the Charlottesville Salvation Army, the Hope House, and On Our Own, a mental health and addiction support center.
E3 Designation. Due to innovative and successful environmental initiatives, we are the only university in Virginia to receive an E3 Designation for Exemplary Environmental Enterprise.
Recycling 100% of cooking oil. U.Va. Dining partners with Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions to recycle our used fryer oil into biodiesel!
Recycling metal, plastics, glass & paper. The award-winning U.Va. Recycling program collects all of U.Va. Dining’s recyclable items from both the kitchens and dining areas. Metal, plastic, glass and paper are collected from all dining locations and administrative offices.
Partnering with Local Food Hub: We partner with the area non-profit Local Food Hub to increase our local food options in residential dining rooms. The Local Food Hub is a distribution organization that works with Central Virginia family farms to aggregate their produce and make it available to large institutional buyers such as U.Va. The Local Food Hub has supplied U.Va. Dining with a variety of food items including asparagus, apples, mushrooms, spinach, delicata, butternut, and acorn squash. This partnership has celebrated a number of events and occasions together, such as the Earth Day Farm to Fork meal, Virginia Farm to School Week, Meat Free Mondays, and much more. The Local Food Hub also stands behind U.Va. Dining’s goal of providing educational opportunities to university students and the community by hosting several U.Va. Dining-sponsored tours of their educational farm.
Recycled Content Paper: We use 30% recycled content copy paper.
Trayless dining. Trays were removed from the dining rooms at the start of the ’08-’09 academic year. This improvement reduced our water and energy usage, and reduced the amount of cleaning chemicals needed.
MSC certified. In May of 2014, U.Va. Dining achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) chain of custody certification. At our three residential dining rooms, we feature fish that is sustainably sourced. Read more at MSC.org
Hydration Stations: We offer several hydration stations; use your reusable water bottle at the filtered water stations to refresh and refuel.
Game Day Challenge. Supported by the EPA's WasteWise program, Game Day Challenge is a nationwide competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at their home football games. Each fall at the Homecoming Game, U.Va. Dining, the Department of Athletics, and U.Va. Sustainability partner to collect and divert food waste from concessions and discarded recyclables. Be sure to keep an eye out for our Game Day Challenge Volunteers at Homecoming, and help us recycle to win!
Outreach. U.Va. Dining works seamlessly with the University community in all endeavors related to sustainability. We support U.Va. Recycling, U.Va. Environmental Health & Safety, U.Va. Sustainability at Facilities Management, and student groups related to conservation.
Fine Arts Café. U.Va. Dining's flagship sustainable location serves grilled items, wraps, rice bowls and more that feature a mix of natural, organic, and local ingredients.