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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.



Making Strides at Plastic Reduction

  • CUTLERY - New biodegradable (PLA) cutlery has been added to SAC Food Court and Roth Food Court and will be included at other dining locations soon. PLA is a biodegradable material, derived from renewable starch resources, such as corn.
  • SANDWICH CONTAINERS -  Plastic hero sandwich containers have been replaced with paper boats and paper liners at the convenience stores.
  • LIDS - Soup container plastic lids have been replaced with paper lids.  Stir-fry to-go containers with plastic lids have been replaced with waxed-lined paper boxes.
  • CUPS - Smoothie cups are made from Greenware plant-based containers. The ecotainer coffee cups have lids made from pulp, which saves thousands of plastic coffee lids from the landfill. 
  • REUSABLE CUP PROGRAM RELAUNCH - Relaunch of a reusable cup program will save more than 175,000 disposable hot cups from the landfill in a six-month period and incentivize customers with a 10¢ discount on coffee refills.
  • STRAWS - Plastic straws have been eliminated from dining locations.
  • 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.


Reusable Takeout Containers

This is a pilot program for students who signed up to participate.

reusable takeout container program

How it works in 3 easy steps:

1 - Bring your reusable container and let the cashier at East Side or West Side dine-in know you would like to use it for your takeout meal.

2 - Pay for your meal with a meal swipe, dining dollars, Wolfie Wallet or credit/debit card and leave your ID card with the cashier.

3 - Fill the container with the foods you like and then return at the cashier station to pick up your ID card.

At your next visit, exchange your empty container for a clean one! Please empty and rinse your container prior to returning it.



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

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.