Campus Dining is committed to reducing food waste in our operations. This is accomplished through a number of successful initiatives.
Fully funded by HDAE, the Miramar Food Pantry, located at Sierra Madre Villages, opened its doors to offer support to our campus community to help address food security. It has been our goal to support student’s academia, health, and overall well-being. The pantry offers free food items in a large open space with cold storage bins, making it possible to offer fresh produce and staple items.
In the fall of 2019, Campus Dining took the next step and set its sight on food recovery; in order to continue efforts in addressing food insecurity while also reducing its environmental impact, Campus Dining created our first Food Recovery program. The program works toward both goals by utilizing food items that would otherwise be composted from Portola Dining Commons, providing them to patrons at the Miramar Food Pantry.
Food Waste Diversion
Campus Dining is a partner of UCSB FoodCycling. FoodCycling focuses on collecting food items that would otherwise be composted from our C-Store and Tenaya Market & Eatery. Once collected, these items are provided to the AS Food Bank and Miramar Food Pantry to reduce food waste and address food security.
Cooking Oil Recycling
Campus Dining collaborates with a local vendor to recycle our used cooking oil into biodiesel.
Campus Dining composts 100% of pre-and post-consumer food waste.
Coffee grounds and other pre-consumer food scraps are collected by the AS Department of Public Worms to help manage their vermicompost systems. The compost that is created is used to grow fresh produce for students on campus.
Campus Dining strives to source and provides compostable products to our customers. We are actively involved in meeting the requirements of UC policy on Sustainable Practices, which incorporate the ban on a variety of single-use plastics with a timeline of full completion by 2030.
In our commitment to reducing waste, Campus Dining has implemented reusable programs. These options were created and designed to reduce waste while offering a convenient to-go option. The dining commons permit and welcome reusable mugs and water bottles brought in by customers.
Coral Tree Cafe started a reusable food container program to reduce its environmental impact. These bright green reusable containers allow customers to make a personal and simple behavior change to reduce cafe waste.