| Pledge to help erase the waste with the NEW reusable To-Go Box program in Harcombe, Schilletter and Clemson House! |
Each year, millions of disposable to-go containers end up in landfills after only one use. The new To-Go Box program is an environmentally friendly solution to disposable to-go containers that will reduce waste, encourage more responsible dining habits, build community and reduce overall costs.
How does the program work?
As a meal plan member you have the opportunity to join the To-Go Box program for FREE. Students, faculty and staff who do not participate in a meal plan may join the program for $5 per semester.
Join by telling our cashiers at the to-go entrance of Harcombe or Schilletter, or the main entrance of Clemson House that you would like to participate in the To-Go Box program.
The cashiers will swipe your TigerOne Card to activate your enrollment in the program.
You will then receive a To-Go Box for immediate use or a key tag for future use. You may fill your To-Go Box with a variety of foods in our dining halls.
The next time you would like a to-go meal, bring your dirty To-Go Box or key tag back to any of our three dining halls to receive a clean sanitized To-Go Box.
If you do not want a to-go meal when you drop off your dirty To-Go Box, you will receive a key tag to turn in the next time you would like a to-go meal.
To-Go Boxes are not permitted for dine-in use in any of the three dining halls.
If you lose your To-Go Box or key tag you will need to enroll in the program again for $5.
What is Sustainable?
- Waste reduction, recycling, composting
- Conservation of soil and water resources
- Energy and material efficiencies to minimize impact on ecosystem
- Protection and enhancement of wildlife habitats
- Cost saving opportunity (e.g., energy management)
- Support the local economy (i.e., farmers, suppliers)
- Eliminate waste
- Support a living wage requirement
- Overall human rights initiatives
- Safe working conditions
What is Clemson Dining Services doing for Sustainability?
Cardboard – approximately 44 tons (annual)
Cooking oil – approximately 4,815 gallons (annual)
Paper – approximately 13,000 lbs. (annual)
Plastic & aluminum – approximately 4,500 lbs. (annual)
Milk containers - approximately 150 1/2 gallon containers daily (Java City & Einstein Bros. Bagels)
Waste Reduction and Energy Efficiencies
- Cooking oil is diverted to 100% bio-diesel
- Refillable soft drink discount program is in place at retail locations
- Refillable coffee mug discount program is in place at Java City coffee locations
- Induction, convection and pressure cooking technologies and methods are utilized to reduce food waste and energy consumption.
- Replacement of dishwashing equipment at Clemson House has reduced energy and water consumption
- Standard deck ovens have been replaced with more energy efficient convection and induction oven cooking technologies at Schilletter and Harcombe dining halls
- Recent dining renovation have included energy efficient incandescent lighting fixtures, automatic timer activated shut off of lighting and HVAC systems
- Bulk dispensers are used when practical to reduce packaging. Products available in bulk include juices, sodas, milk, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, and most cereals.
- Tray-less dining in both Harcombe and Schilletter dining halls
- Pulpers installed in both Harcombe and Schilletter dining halls to composte waste for recycling, saving approximately 90,000 gallons of water each month
- Bailers to recycling cardboard at a majority of dining locations.
- All Clemson Dining Services managers have completed energy and water conservation courses and implemented business practices to reduce waste
Clemson Dining Services is a committed partner in the development of a local food presence on campus as an integral part of our dining services programs. We work with our vendors to source items locally wherever possible. Some of these include:
Fallaw Farms Clayton Rawls Farm Jurosik Berry Farms
Titan Farms VB Hook Walter Rawls Farm
Mcleod Farms Solar Farms Inc Seaside Farms
Island Hatcher Produce Carolina Pride
Amick Farms Manchester Farms Carolina Bueberry
Critcher Bros J&J Farms Sunny Creek
Bushman Ham Produce Co Inc Nash Produce
Naturally Fresh Smithfield Foods House of Raeford
American Italian Pasta Company
Clemson Dining Services has many assets beyond monetary that may have a positive impact on the community. There are over 40 dedicated managers and dozens of employees at Clemson Dining Services that have either coordinated or participated in events/charities with the following organizations.
Safe Harbor - Women's Shelter
Helping Hands of Clemson
Our Daily Bread Food Bank
Center of Hope Community Center
Habitat for Humanity
Relay for Life
American Red Cross
Coaches for Cancer
Fellowship for Christian Athletes
Light the night - Fight for Cancer - Greenville
Night of the Stars - Columbia Zoo for Handicap Children
Collins Home for Children
Calvary Home for Children
PalmettoPride Anti-Litter Program – participated in local clean up Anderson County’s Veteran’s Park
St Jude's Children's Hospital
Feel Good - Stop World Hunger
Clemson University Vending Fund
Clemson University Staff Senate Scholarship Fund
Clemson University Student Scholarship Fund
Clemson University Employee Furlough Relief Fund
Fair Trade Coffee
Fair Trade Coffee is sold at the Java City Cyber Café and Einstein Bros. Bagels. Benefits of these programs for coffee farmers mean community development, health, education, and environmental stewardship.
Food management software ensures that Dining Services forecasts accurately to match food production to consumption.