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Support Local Farms: An Inside Look at Long Island Agriculture

Stony Brook University students and the Faculty Student Association (FSA) staff go on a Long Island farm tour to get a behind the scenes look at all of the local produce that is supplied in the meals we serve on campus.



Reusable Takeout Containers

This program is temporarily paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.

student using new reusable container Campus Launches Major Plastic Waste Reduction in Dining Services

September 25, 2019

Together, the Faculty Student Association (FSA), CulinArt and the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) are making strides toward reducing the amount of plastic waste produced by the dining operations and shifting to more environmentally friendly materials.

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Purchase: $5 refundable deposit* for a reusable container. This is a one-time charge and all forms of payment are accepted (cash, credit/debit, Wolfie Wallet, Dining Dollars).

Use it: Fill your container to take food out at East Side Dine-in, West Side Dine-in and Roth Food Court...Enjoy!

Bring it back: Exchange for a clean container.

Just like a library card, you’ll use your card to check out your reusable takeout container with a cashier and if you are not exchanging it for a clean container, return it to a cashier to swipe it back onto your card.

Reusable takeout containers are for use at both dine-in locations and Roth Food Court. We will continue to offer single use plastic takeout containers in East Side Dine-In, West Side Dine-In & the Roth Food Court.

*$5 will be refunded when you are finished using the program and turn in a container.

See a cashier at East/West Side Dine-In or the Roth Food Court to get started.


Reusable Tote Bags

In an effort to reduce plastic waste, Campus Dining no longer offers plastic bags at our convenience stores. Reusable tote bags are available for purchase at the East Side Dining Emporium and the Market at West Side. You can also bring your own reusable tote.


Corn Straws

Plastic straws end up in the ocean primarily when left on beaches, from littering or they are blown out of trashcans, boats or vehicles. In addition, plastic straws end up in landfills, crowding them and adding unnecessary waste. It is estimated that in the United States, five million single-use plastic straws are used every day, which is why many organizations are searching for more sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives that will not pollute our oceans.

Campus Dining has eliminated plastic straws from our dining locations. We recognize that there are people with disabilities that need straws therefore; straws are only available upon request at the cash register. These straws are biodegradable and made out of cornstarch, which is a renewable resource, unlike traditional plastic straws that are made from petroleum. The cost of the corn straws is about the same as plastic straws.

Starbucks plans to eliminate plastic straws by 2020 and dispense paper straws upon request; however, strawless lids are already in place for the cold foam beverages at the on campus Starbucks locations.


Strawless Lids at Starbucks

Starbucks cold foam cold brew

All cold brew drinks feature strawless lids (pictured above) at on campus Starbucks locations.

Starbucks will eliminate all plastic straws from its stores around the world by 2020. See article below for more information:


Sourcing: Fresh and Local

brooklyn roasting company Brooklyn Roasting Company Reduces Your Environmental Impact One Cup at a Time

October 25, 2019

The Faculty Student Association (FSA) and CulinArt are proud to serve coffee from the  Brooklyn Roasting Company (BRC), which supports sustainable, environmentally friendly farming and trade practices that provide tangible benefits for farmers and other workers all along the coffee supply chain.

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Root to Stem

Throughout the semester, Root to Stem meals are offered at our Meal Swipe locations and are educated on the ways you can eat each and every part of most fruits and vegetables.