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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:
  • Oakhills Farm: San Antonio, TX
  • Fresh Point Produce: San Antonio, TX

Check Recycling: Dining Services partners with campus to recycle paper, cardboard and plastic from all dining locations across campus. 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 Dining Services has been trayless since 2008? 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.

Check Reusables: Purchase a dining $4.99 reusable mug in our convenience locations to get continuous $.99 refills on all fountain drinks and Java City coffee after that!  Ask a cashier for more details.

Check Reusable To-Go Container: Getting your meal to go from Roadrunner Cafe? Take part in our Reusable To-Go Container program. Here’s how it works:
  1. Pay $7 to enroll in the Eco-To-Go Program (Cash, Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Rowdy Dollars and Dining Dollars accepted).
  2. Receive a membership card to use as an exchange for an eco-to-go container.
  3. Turn in your dirty containers at the Roadrunner Café to receive your membership card for the next use.

Check Fryer Oil Recycling: One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled by filta-fry to be used for bio-diesel fuel.

Check Hydration Stations: UTSA offers several hydration stations throughout campus. Use the filtered water stations to refresh and refuel while helping to impact your carbon footprint.

Check Recycled Content Paper: We use 100% recycled content office and copy paper in all dining locations on campus.

Check Green Cleaning: All dining locations are committed to using Eco Sure daily green cleaning products in our operations 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.