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:

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:

  • Gulf Coast Produce Gulfport, MS
  • New Orleans Seafood New Orleans, MS 


Dining Services partners with campus to recycle cardboard, plastic, and aluminum 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.


Take part in our reusable mug program to reduce waste and receive a discount on fountain beverages and coffee in all dining locations.

Reusable To-Go Containers

Getting your meal to go from Fresh Food Company or RFoC at Hillcrest dining halls? Take part in our Reusable To-Go Container program. Here’s how it works:

Fryer Oil Recycling

One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled by FiltaFry.

Hydration Stations

Dining Services offers several hydration stations throughout campus. Use the filtered water stations to refresh and refuel while helping to impact your carbon footprint.

Recycled Content Paper

We use 100% recycled content office and copy paper in all dining locations on campus.

Energy & Water Conservation

We train our employees each semester on common energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve precious natural resources.