What We're Doing

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:


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Local Purchasing:
Did you know Dining Services sources food from many local famers, 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:
  • Avenue Bread, Bellingham, WA
  • The Baglery, Bellingham, WA
  • Draper Valley Farms, Mt. Vernon, WA
  • Edaleen Dairy, Lynden, WA
  • Erin Baker's Wholesome Baked Goods, Bellingham, WA
  • Burton and Sons Fruit (E. WA)
  • Chuckanut Bay Foods (Bellingham, WA)
  • Herb Co. (Duval, WA)
  • Island Spring Organics (Vashon, WA)
  • Kunutzen Farms (Skagit Valley, WA)
  • Ostroms Mushrooms (Olympia, WA)
  • Rainier Fruit Co. (E. WA)
  • Shepherd's Grain (E. WA)
  • Tokyo House (Bellingham, WA)
  • Auburn Dairy Products - Yami and Zoi Yogurt (Auburn, WA)
  • Tilamook (Tilamook, OR)

Check Recycling: 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.

Check Reusables: 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.

Check Fryer Oil Recycling: One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled.

Check Recycled Content Paper: We use 100% recycled content office and copy paper in all dining locations on campus.

Check 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.

Check Energy & Water Conservation: We train our employees each quarter on common energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve precious natural resources.