Our Green Initiatives

  • Use paper made from 50% recycled material in all locations and recycle paper and cardboard.
  • To-go soup containers and all napkins are made from recycled materials.
  • Use energy efficient lightbulbs in our locations.
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  • Reusable to-go containers keep 90,000 Styrofoam boxes out of landfills each year.
  • Reusable Green Thread mugs reduce paper cup waste and save you money on fountain drinks.
  • UHDS participates in Recyclemania every year, helping UH to reduce its waste and increase its recycling.

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Sustainability on Campus

Cougar Woods Dining Hall

The Cougar Woods Dining Hall is a landmark for sustainability on campus, being the first campus building to qualify for LEED certification. Find out more about the building and its sustainable features at the Office of Sustainability website.

Fair Trade Coffee & Tea

We offer fair trade coffee at all of our coffee locations on campus - Starbucks, Einstein's Bagels, The Fresh Food Company, Cougar Woods and the convenience stores. We also offer fair trade teas at the convenience stores.

Learn more about fair trade by visiting www.fairtradeusa.org.

Green Thread Mug Program

We offer Green Thread reusable mugs for sale at campus convenience stores. The mugs can be used to receive $0.99 refills at fountain drinks in the UC Satellite food court, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Taco Cabana, and at campus convenience stores. Each mug costs only $4.99!


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