Sustainability Initiatives

Your UAlbany dining team is dedicated to sustainability.  We know we can work together to make a positive impact right here at the University at Albany.  In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a University, we have implemented the following programs specific to the University at Albany.

Local Farms

We work hard to get as many local ingredients as possible. Our professionally-trained chefs write our menus to take advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are naturally in season. We partner with many local distributors to bring you local products as well. Best of Vermont, Byrne Dairy, Gillette and Purdy and Sons are just a few of them that support us.

Recycling

Bottles, cans, glass, cardboard, coffee grounds and fryer oil. 

Cage Free Eggs

100% cage-free shell eggs are served everywhere on campus.

Composting

Since February 2014, UAlbany Dining has worked hard to launch and grow a comprehensive composting program. Currently, all five resident quad dining rooms and Campus Center dining locations participate in composting leftover food scraps (including meat and dairy), paper products, biodegradable plastic bags and cardboard. See more details here.

H20 Zone at the Campus Center

To help reduce plastic bottle waste on campus, we are pledging to refill not landfill at UAlbany. Support the UAlbany initiative to keep our campus sustainable and eco-friendly by using your reusable water bottle at the H20 Zone in the Campus Center.

Waste Minimization

To help reduce waste we are trayless at all of our all-you-care-to-eat dining locations.

Reusable Cup Discount

518 Market and zime offer a reusable cup program. Use the UAS reusable mug or the Aspretto reusable mug and save daily!

Bulk Condiments

Individual packets of condiments are useful in some instances, but they result in extra waste. If you are dining on site, or you can add the sauce to your item before you leave, please use the bulk dispensers to reduce our waste.

Xpress Nap Holders

XPressnap dispensers are another solution to reducing energy and waste. They use 30% less paper than traditional napkin dispensing mechanisms. The great thing about these dispensers is that they help the environment while helping to keep costs down. The napkins are made of 100% recycled paper and the dispenser will encourage customers to take (and waste) less napkins. Energy is saved because less power is used to recycle paper products than to create them from virgin material.  According to Xpressnap, enough is saved through using recycled napkins to power 600 American homes for an entire year! More than half a million gallons of oil were saved ‘ 38 tanker trucks worth ‘ and 41 tons of pollutants were kept out of the environment. Using recycled napkins diverted 4,131 cubic yards of paper from landfills. This is enough to cover a football field with a stack of paper two and a half feet deep.