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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:
  • Babe Farms: Santa Maria, CA
  • Beylik Farm: Ventura, CA
  • Chino Valley Ranchers: Moorpark, CA
  • Cuyama Orchards: Cuyama, CA
  • Frog Hollow Farm: Brentwood, CA

Check Recycling: 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 the Gastronome 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.

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Eco To-Go Containers: Getting your meal to go from the Gastronome?  Take part in our Eco To-Go program.  Here’s how it works:

  • Order your Dining on the Run meal at www.csufgastronome.com
  • Select the first option to participate in our Eco To-go program and bring in a $5 cash deposit.
  • Enjoy! Return your container on your next order for a clean one.
  • Eco To-go containers are available for only a one time fee of $5 and only available with our Dining on the Run program

Check Recycled Content Paper: We use 30%-100% post consumer office supplies at the Gastronome.

Check Green Cleaning: The Gastronome is committed to using We clean our tables and floors with ionized water rather than chemicals 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.