What You Can Do

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Read our Sustainability Report

Our sustainable operational initiatives can be broken down into the following pillars:  Sustainable Food, Waste Reduction, Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency and Building Construction & Design. For a comprehensive breakdown of our most recent accomplishments, please review our Sustainability Report.

Participate In Our Reusable Programs

To Go Containers

Take your food wherever you want to go with our reusable to-go container program, available for Top of Lenoir and Rams Head Dining Halls. Meal Plan holders are eligible to request a meal to-go and can check out a maximum of two containers at a time. Bring back the dirty containers and grab a new one. If a Meal Plan holder reaches the two container maximum, they must either bring back the checked-out containers or purchase a new container for $3.50. Swipe twice to eat a meal in the dining halls and take one to go for later!

Don't have a Meal Plan? No problem! You can purchase a reusable to-go container for $3.50. If you already own a container, let our dining hall cashier know prior to purchasing a meal and make sure to request a new one each time you enter the dining hall. It is important that guests without a Meal Plan not return the container without requesting a new one as this will opt you out of the program and you will have to purchase another container to participate.

Please be advised that any service ware used in the dining halls intended for refilling with food needs to be cleaned in a regulated food service operation. This is the national FDA Health and Safety standard; therefore, no outside service ware is permitted in the dining halls. Outside service ware includes but is not limited to personal plates, bowls, Tupperware®, clamshells, cups, bottles, etc. Thank you for considering your fellow guests.

Reusable Bottle & Mug Program

CDS recognizes customers who bring a CDS reusable beverage container into select retail locations for beverage purchases. BPA free hot and cold beverage containers are available and CDS will provide a 20% discount for all those that purchase and utilize the CDS reusable drink containers. This program will be available at the following retail locations: Lenoir Mainstreet, The Beach Cafe and Rams Head Market.

There's more!

Interested in more tips on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle while dining with CDS? Check out the quick list below to do your part.

  • Look for static sustainable food items present in our dining halls. Rams Head and Top of Lenoir feature sustainable food items each day of the week, including organic yogurt, grass fed beef, local pork, humane chicken, local milk and cage-free eggs.
  • Be sure to clean your plate! While we do compost all post-consumer food waste in the dining halls, food waste is more than just the physical serving sitting on your plate; you are also wasting the materials and energy that went into preparing that food in the first place.
  • Visit 1.5.0., our sustainable food court concept, to get a freshly prepared entree made primarily of sustainable food items.
  • Divert waste from the landfill; utilize composting and recycling receptacles whenever available.
  • Visit the Farmers Market that CDS & FLO Food hosts each semester and meet some of your local farmers.
  • Reach out to CDS and share what you value! The success of most sustainable programs depends on your participation. Please share your thoughts!