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Campus Projects and Actions

ETSU Sustainability

Campus Dining's Sustainability Efforts:

Einstein Bros. Bagels

  • Batch cooking – to control waste
  • Portion control- to control and minimize waste
  • Reusable to-go containers available at the Treehouse 
  • Green Mondays held each week to feature an environmentally friendly food option
  • Reusable cups available - one-time cost of the cup, free soda refills for the semester 
  • Pre-consumer composting
  • Bulk condiment dispenser- which minimizes plastic bottle usage, and waste in general (which is an improvement from plastic bottles on each table)
  • Only run dish machine in peak periods- to conserve water usage

Recycled Content Paper Products:

  • Napkins- 30% Recycled Content & Bleach Free
  • Paper towels and Toilet Paper- 100% Recycled Content
  • Valley Proteins- Buys our fryer oil waste and recycles 100% of it.
  • This year campus dining will be teaming up with SGA and Sustainability Committee to propose Tray Less Dining to the University
  • We turn all of the lights off, in all our locations, after hours.
  • Ordering planned to minimize thawing frozen products under running water


Local Foods:

  • We purchase bread products from Flowers Bakery in Morristown, TN.
  • Purchase individually bottled and bulk water from Pristine Springs in Kingsport, TN.
  • Purchase most of our food from Sysco- Knoxville, and as a company they are striving to purchase only local products. (Usually within 150 miles).
  • Tennant Floor Scrubbers, Electrically converted water technology for floor cleaning. Eliminates the environmental impact of producing, packaging, transporting, using and disposing of traditional cleaning chemicals. Ec-H20 begins as water and ends as water. Uses 70% less water than conventional methods.
  • Dining Room Lighting is switched to energy conserving light bulbs in all locations. Managers turn off lights and computers when not in use. 

Reusable mugs are available for purchase on campus! Coffee purchase per refill is $0.97 at Einsteins, JCX, BUC Stop and BUC Mart. Fair trade coffee is also available through 2 brands that are served on the ETSU campus.


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