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


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:

  • Fresh Point, Hartford CT
  • Sid Wainer, New Bedford MA
  • Pierce Brothers Coffee, Greenfield MA
  • Garelick Farms, Franklin MA

Resusable To-Go Containers

Getting your meal to go from Cheney dining hall? Take part in our Reusable To-Go Container program. Here’s how it works: Bring your reuseable container to Cheney and take your meal to go. The next time you visit, return your container and we'll give you a fresh one (you don't even have to wash it!). If you don't have the space to hold it, we'll give you a ticket to pick up a new one when you need it.


Dining Services partners with campus to recycle cans, bottles, cardboard and plastics 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.

Trayless Dining

Did you know Dining Services has been trayless since 2009? 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.

Recycled Content Paper

We use 100% recycled content office and copy paper in all dining locations on campus


Take part in our reusable mug program to reduce waste and receive a discount on fountain beverages and coffee in Dunkin' Donuts, WPS Starbucks at Locklin Hall, Allied Snack Shop and Union Station dining locations.

Fryer Oil Recycling

One hundred percent of Dining Services used fryer oil is recycled by Western Mass Rendering to be used for biodiesel.

Green Cleaning

All dining locations are committed to using 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.