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Since Fall 2015, UHDS restaraunts have provided reusable Eco2Go containers as the primary take-out container. Students, staff and faculty can get a meal to-go in an Eco2Go container, then rinse and return at any dining center or residence hall, or at 10 return locations around campus. We estimate that the switch to Eco2Go prevented 400,000 disposable containers from going to the landfill in the 2015-16 school year alone.
Phasing out polystyrene for use of compostable plastics
Use local manufacturer (EcNow Tech) for consumables
Fuel OSU Catering trucks with 20% biodiesel
Utilize an all electric delivery van for OSU Catering
Waste cooking oil is reused for biodiesel
Increasing partnerships with local vendors
Partner with “Fresh from the Faucet”, a Be Well @ OSU campaign to make tap water the#1 beverage choice for environmental and personal health reasons. Have self-service ice water stations at the majority of UHDS restaurants to encourage patrons to choose water and to refill water bottles.
Harvest of the month local foods tabling: UHDS partners with the OSU Sustainability Initiative and the Corvallis Environmental Center's Edible Corvallis Initiative to provide local produce sampling/tabling events in UHDS dining centers.
Sourcing more locally raised, pastured meats (i.e. Calabaloo’s only uses NW Natural Beef)
Provide a variety of vegan and vegetarian options.
Leftover, usable food is donated to the Linn-Benton Food Share.
Member of the Food Alliance, an organization which promotes environmental and social responsibility for the food system.
Compost all pre-consumer vegetable waste and post consumer waste
Recycling of food container waste (i.e., soft plastic, wine corks, beer bottle caps, glass, appropriate hard plastics, cardboard, paper)
Use green construction & renovation standards
Targeting LEED Gold Equivalency
Installation of dual-flush toilets
Replacement of windows as priority
Use of high efficiency fluorescent lighting / ballasts
High / 100% recycled content carpet tiles
Recycling scrap metal using revenue to purchase tools
Use of low flow shower heads in residence halls
Use recycled and recycle toner cartridges