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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:

Check Certified Green Restaurant:  The East Food Court, including Bene Pasta, Organic Greens to Go and Topio's, is a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant. We have implemented 50 steps and earned 185.86 GreenPoints™.

Check Local Purchasing: Did you know that UCI Hospitality & Dining sources food from many local farmers, 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:
  • Fresh Origins (San Marcos, CA)
  • Polito Family Farms (Valley Center, CA)
  • Henry Avocado (Escondido, CA)
  • Calco Farms (Arcadia, CA)
  • Alta Dena (La Puente, CA)
  • Boskovich Farms (Oxnard, CA)
  • Muranaka Farms (Los Angeles, CA)
  • JJ's Lone Daughter Ranch (Redlands, CA)
  • Babe Farms (Santa Maria, CA)
  • Bee Sweet Citrus (Fowler, CA)


Check Reusables:  Take part in our reusable mug program to reduce food waste and receive a discount on fountain beverages and coffee in these dining locations. UCI Hospitality & Dining has also partnered with The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), UCI Facilities Management, and UCI Housing to offer several hydration stations throughout campus. Use the filtered water stations to refresh and refuel while helping to limit your carbon footprint. Cup

Check Recycling: UCI Hospitality & Dining partners with the campus to recycle commingled, cardboard, and food waste from all dining locations across campus. We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. Look for signs in our dining locations for more information on where to put your recyclable material!

The Anteatery, Pippin, and Brandywine Commons and Zot N Go Pod Market and the Bren Events Center, including concessions, are all Zero Waste facilities that compost and recycle all materials! All service-ware is reusable in the dining commons, including cups, plates, and utensils. Additionally, recycling bins are available at all retail dining locations to dispose of your recyclable items, such as glass and plastic bottles. These efforts ensure that we minimize our footprint on the environment while also maximizing global sustainability.

We also practice post-consumer waste diversion at Phoneix Food Court, East Food Court and BC's Cavern Food Court. If you're ever unsure where your waste goes when you dine at any of these locations, just look for our helpful signs. All the items on these signs come directly from the respective food court to make it easier for you to see what goes where and help contribute to the goal of reaching Zero Waste.

Check Reusable To-Go Containers: Getting your meal to go from The Anteatery, Brandywine, or Pippin Commons? Take part in our Reusable To-Go Container program.
Here's how it works:
1. Visit The Anteatery, Brandywine or Pippin Commons and ask for a reusable to-go container
2. Container can be purchased for $6.00 with cash, credit card, FlexDine, or Zot Bucks
3. Fill Container up with any of your favorite menu items
4. Return dirty container for a clean one or request a "rain check" card
Containers are yours to keep, or return it so it can be used again in the future!

Check Sustainable Coffee: UCI Hospitality & Dining is proud to serve Fair Trade, USDA Organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees. These certifications are all labels used to evaluate the coffee and the principles of its production.

Fair Trade coffee reflects and ensures a fair price and wage for workers as well as guaranteeing fair labor conditions, workers' rights, direct trade within a democratic and transparent organization, and community development. Fair Trade coffee comes from all over the world but always shares these principles. Fair Trade offers a unique trade model that organizes small farmers into small cooperatives and links them with coffee importers. Fair Trade regulations guarantee that farmers receive a minimum price for their coffee, which in turn helps them afford healthcare, education, and housing for themselves and their families. Transfair USA is the nonprofit certification organization that manages the rules, membership and certification process of Fair Trade - for more information visit:  http://transfairusa.org/.

USDA Organic Certification and the seal that says "USDA Organic" means that a product is made from at least 95% organic ingredients. A product labeled "100% organic" must be made entirely with certified organic ingredients. The USDA Organic label extends only to whether or not the food is organic and not to any other factors of the food.

Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee requires agrochemical use and guarantees of worker health and safety as well as ecosystem conservation. The Rainforest Alliance is committed to conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods.

To learn more about sustainable coffee practices by Java City, please visit their website at http://javacity.com/. To learn more about sustainable coffee practices by Starbucks, please visit their website at http://starbucks.com/responsibility/sourcing/coffee.

Check Cage-Free Eggs: Dining proudly serves 100% cage-free eggs at the following locations: BC's Food Court, Phoenix Food Court, Greens to Go, The Anteatery, Brandywine, and Pippin Commons.

Organic eggs are produced from free-range hens with no hormone or antibiotic treatment, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These hens are allowed to roam freely outside a poultry barn, rather than housed in battery cages. The Humane Society of the United States supports free-range treatment of hens as it allows them to partake in natural activities, such as scratching and dust bathing as needed. In addition, organic egg farming contributes to sustainable dining practices by producing less environmental pollution than battery-cage farming.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 Be a Planteater: UCI supports Meatless Monday by indicating which dishes are vegetarian or vegan and encouraging students to be a Planteater. Additionally, there are accompanying Watermark Identifiers in all residential dining locations on an everyday basis to communicate to students the high water usage of dishes containing meat. By highlighting this information, students are able to make informed choices about the foods they eat. To learn more, visit:  http://meatlessmonday.com/

Check Food Donation: UCI Hospitality & Dining donates excess, unserved food from The Anteatery, Brandywine and Pippin Commons, UCI Catering, and the East Food Court to the Vineyard Church of Anaheim through our Food Donation Program. Since the program began in Fall 2012, UCI Hospitality & Dining has donated over 4 tons of food.

Check Sustainable To-Go Containers: UCI Hospitality & Dining is proud to offer Styrofoam-free containers at all our retail locations. We transitioned to biodegradable plates and to-go containers at all retail dining locations during Spring 2007. Biodegradable products offer many benefits to the environment as they are made out of bamboo, which takes only 6 months to grow back, while a tree would take 60 years to grow back. Other product benefits include: the product breaks down and can be used to fertilize land, no harmful materials leach into the ground, and it doesn't exploit the natural environment or disturb the ecological system.

Check Energy and Water Conservation: We train our employees each quarter on everyday energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve earth's precious resources.

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

Check Trayless Dining: Did you know UCI Hospitality & Dining has been trayless since 2008. By dining trayless, you have helped positively impact the environment by minimizing food waste, conserving energy and water as well as reducing the amount of cleaning chemicals entering the waste stream.

Check Green Cleaning: All dining locations are committed to using green cleaning products in our operations to reduce the need for chemical based cleaning products and provide a healthy and safe learning environment.