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SUSTAINABILITY

As a guest, it is easy to make smart environmental choices when you dine on campus at Stony Brook. From purchasing seasonal produce to reducing waste, Campus Dining is dedicated to providing you with an exceptional dining experience that is good for you and good for the planet.

CAMPUS DINING SCORECARD

October - December 2020

Items that meet the specific purchasing criteria of Compass Group’s sustainability initiatives, as a percent of total purchases for that category.

LOCAL

produce from over 22 Long Island Farms*

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tractor

- 1,931 Pounds
*when in season

 

 

100%

certified humane cage-free (shell) eggs

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eggs

- 360 Pounds

 

 

100%

milk and yogurt free of artificial growth hormones

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cow

- 582 Gallons of Milk
-263 Cases of Yogurt

 

 

100%

seafood from sustainable sources*

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fish

- 4,405 Pounds
*SFW Criteria

 

 

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INITIATIVES

MORE VARIETY, MORE SUSTAINABLE

We've made the switch from bottles and cans to fountain beverages for the Spring 2021 semester! This one small step has a BIG impact on our carbon footprint.

 

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SUSTAINABLE SOURCING

Campus Dining makes a great effort to include locally sourced, sustainable, whole foods.

 

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FREIGHT FARM

In the Fall of 2015, Stony Brook University introduced a hydroponic Freight Farm where student farmers can grow crops year-round in an indoor environment.

 

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WASTE REDUCTION

In the U.S., we send 40% of all of the food we produce to landfills. Some people might dismiss this as naturally biodegradable. But in a landfill, the food degradation process forms methane, a greenhouse gas that’s around 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide!

 

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COMPOSTING

A Cross-Campus Effort

Campus Dining collects the food scraps that FSA Volunteers load into the composter and track the progress. After 3 weeks, campus operations and maintenance unloads the compost to be cured and distributed in the landscaping and flower beds throughout campus.

 

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REUSABLE CONTAINER PROGRAM

This program is temporarily paused due to COVID-19.

How it works in 3 easy steps:
1 - See a cashier to purchase a $5 refundable deposit for a reusable container (all payment tenders accepted). $5 will be refunded each time you turn in your container.
2 - Use it to take food out at East Side and West Side.
3 - Bring it back and exchange your container for a clean container or refund.

 

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HELP US KEEP STONY BROOK GREEN

Look for signs across campus promoting our efforts to create a greener Stony Brook University.

  • Featuring fresh, local, seasonal produce when available
  • Recycling in our kitchen and dining areas
  • Reducing our number of weekly deliveries
  • Monitoring and reducing water usage and waste
  • Tray less dining reduces waste and saves energy
  • Natural and organic snacks and beverages
  • Composting at Roth Food Court
  • Sustainable catering options
 
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