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:
Reusable Cup Discount
Receive a discount when you use a reusable cup for fountain beverages and coffee in these dining locations and help reduce waste. 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 stay refreshed and limit your carbon footprint.
Free Coffee Grounds Program
In addition to gardening, coffee grounds can be used for DIY projects such as face masks, candles, soaps, and air fresheners. On each package, you’ll find tips and recipes to help you get started.
If you would like a large package of coffee grounds for your garden or event, please email email@example.com.
Reusable To-Go Program
Here's how it works:
1. Visit The Anteatery or Pippin Commons and ask for a reusable to-go container or cup.
2. A $6.00 container and $4.00 cup can be purchased with cash, credit card, FlexDine, or Zot Bucks.
3. Fill your container up with any of your favorite menu items and fill your cup with coffee, tea, soda, or water.
4. Return the dirty container or cup for a clean one or request a "rain check" card.
Containers and cups are yours to keep, or return it so it can be used again in the future.
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 182.86 GreenPoints™.
UCI Hospitality & Dining sources food from many local farmers, growers, and distributors. Our partners change throughout the year depending on seasonality and availability. View a sample below:
- 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)
The Anteatery, Pippin Commons, Zot N Go P.O.D. 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 Phoenix 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.
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 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.
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.