Sustainability at FSC Dining
What is Dining Services doing for Sustainability?
Farmingdale Dining Services supports local farmers and the community. We place a preference on food grown within our area when it is in season. We partner with J.Kings Food Service, a local foodservice company, SYSCO Foodservices and Sid Wainer & Son for local products. We also purchase many of our baked goods from local bakeries.
- Local products spend less time in transit and therefore arrive faster and fresher
- Local purchasing eliminates the need for long-distance hauling therefore reducing the carbon footprint
- Local purchasing supports local farmers and the economy
If you’re seen with a reusable mug you’ll be rewarded with a coupon for a free fountain beverage or coffee at Teddy’s, First Stop Café or Books n’ Beans to fill your mug.
Books n’ Beans offers Eco-Grounds coffee. With Eco-Grounds, we are promoting a sustainable model of farming, processing, and roasting. We offer one Fair Trade Coffee or Rainforest Alliance Coffee daily. First Stop Café also serves Fair Trade Coffee.
Green Cleaning Products
Dining Services uses green cleaning products in all dining locations on campus. These products are Green Seal Certified and are non-toxic for humans and safe for aquatic life when diluted for use. The chemicals are also sold in recycled content packaging.
Dining Services has gone “trayless” in Knapp Hall. Enjoying your meal without a tray helps reduce water and energy waste. Did you know it takes about 3 cups of water to wash one tray?
Elimination of Styrofoam and Use of Paper Products
Dining Services has eliminated the use of Styrofoam on campus, with the exception of WinCup Polyfoam cups at First Stop Café for smoothies. Knapp Hall offers only paper plates, cups and bowls and encourages the use of china when available. Napkins made from 100% recycled paper are also used on campus.
Bulk dispensers are used at Knapp Hall to reduce the amount of packaging used when one purchases single serve items. Items purchased in bulk include, cereal, milk, soda, juice, condiments and salad dressings.
Turn Used Fryer Oil into Biodiesel
Dining Services uses a local, family owned company to pick-up used fryer oil and convert it to biodiesel. All biodiesel products support the local community by being used for home heating and in diesel vehicles. Using waste vegetable oil for biodiesel fuel reduces landfill mass therefore leaving less of a carbon footprint on the world.