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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 Local Purchasing: Did you know Dining Services 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:
  • Kombucha Wonder Drink Portland, Oregon
  • Portland Roasting Coffee Portland, Oregon
  • Sunshine Dairy Foods Portland, Oregon
  • Alpenrose Portland, Oregon
  • Bob's Red Mill Milwaukie, Oregon
  • Yamhill County Mushrooms Inc. Yamhill, Oregon
  • Montecucco Farms Canby, Oregon
  • Marsee Baking Portland, Oregon
  • Oregon Spice Company Portland, Oregon
  • Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Cornelius, Oregon
  • Tillamook Tillamook, Oregon

Check Recycling: Dining Services partners with campus to recycle paper, glass, & metal from all dining locations across campus. We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. Look for signs in our locations for information on where to put your recyclables.

Check Trayless Dining: : Did you know Dining Services has been trayless since 2011 ? By dining trayless, you have helped positively impact the waste stream. Dining trayless minimizes food waste, conserves energy and water, and reduces the amount of cleaning chemicals entering the waste stream.

Check Reusables: Take part in our reusable mug program to reduce waste and receive a discount on fountain beverages and coffee in all of our dining locations.

Check Reusable To-Go Containers: Getting your meal to go from Victor's dining hall? Take part in our Reusable To-Go Container program. Here’s how it works: Pay a one time fee of $4.50, give your ID to the cashier, fill up your box, return to the cashier for your card and to pay for the meal and you're all set! When you're done, bring the box back and we'll wash it for you!

Check Fryer Oil Recycling: One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled by Quest recycling services and is redistributed for multiple uses.

Check Hydration Stations: : Portland State University offers several hydration stations throughout campus. Use the filtered water stations to refresh and refuel while helping to impact your carbon footprint.  For more information please follow the  link to the PSU Sustainability page on drinking water.  https://www.pdx.edu/sustainability/sustainable-drinking-water

Check Recycled Content Paper: We use 100% recycled content office and copy paper in all dining locations on campus.

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

Check Energy & Water Conservation: We train our employees each semester on common energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve precious natural resources.