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 36 partners: 

  • Whatcom County

    • Avenue Bread, Bellingham, WA 
    • Chuckanut Bay Foods, Bellingham, WA
    • Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson, WA
    • Edaleen Dairy, Lynden, WA 
    • Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods, Bellingham, WA 
    • Hempler’s Foods, Ferndale, WA
    • Hopewell Farms, Everson, WA
    • Kombucha Town, Bellingham, WA
    • The Baglery, Bellingham, WA 
    • Tony’s Coffee, Bellingham, WA


    Skagit County

    • Basin Gold Farms, Skagit Valley, WA
    • Draper Valley Farms, Mt. Vernon, WA 
    • Knutzen Farms, Skagit Valley, WA
    • Sky Valley Produce, Skagit Valley, WA


    • Auburn Dairy Products - Yami and Zoi Yogurt, Auburn, WA
    • Bolthouse Farms, Prosser, WA
    • Columbia Fruit Company, Eastern Washington
    • Island Spring Organics, Vashon, WA 
    • Ostroms Mushrooms, Olympia, WA
    • Rainier Fruit Co. Eastern Washington
    • Shepherd's Grain, Eastern Washington
    • Sunset Farms, Eastern Washington
    • Tillamook, Tillamook, OR
    • Wilcox Farms, Roy, WA



Dining Services partners with campus to recycle glass, plastic and aluminum 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.


Take part in our reusable mug program to reduce waste and receive a discount on fountain beverages and coffee in many of our dining locations.

Fryer Oil Recycling

One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled into biodiesel. 

Recycled Content Paper

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

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 quarter on common energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve precious natural resources.