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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.


Dining Services recycles all cardboard from all locations.

Trayless Dining

Did you know Dining Services is trayless? 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.

Fryer Oil Recycling

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

Sustainability at Meredith College

  • Composting: Since beginning its composting program with the goal of diverting 100 percent of the college’s dining hall food waste from local landfills, the project has diverted several hundred tons of waste from Wake County landfills. The Grounds Department of Facilities Services built a vermicompost system, a decomposition process that uses Red Wiggler worms in addition to microbes and bacteria to convert organic waste into nutrient-rich fertilizer. 
  • Implemented trayless initiatives to save water, food waste and electricity. The benefits of tray removal include:‚ó¶Saves food waste – removing trays reduces food waste by 25-30% per person.
    • Saves water – each tray needs 1/3 to ½ gallon of heated water to clean. One student can save almost 500 gallons of water annually.
    • Saves energy and reduces our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels.
    • Saves cleaning agents which can pollute our water supply.
  • Re-usable to go containers available at Belk Dining Hall. 
  • Re-usable to go mug discounts at BeeHive Café. ($0.99 when you bring your own mug)
  • Meredith Campus Dining works with produce distributor, Freshpoint, and primary distributor, Sysco, to source locally grown products and alter menus to incorporate as much locally grown food as possible (Approximately 2-5% of food served in Belk Dining Hall is from NC,SC, GA, TN and VA). 
  • 100% of seafood purchased meets Monterey Bay Watch guidelines for sustainable seafood. 
  • Greenware plates, utensils and cups used for disposables in catering (100% compostable, made from corn grown in the USA, and 100% annually renewable). 
  • Energy-efficient light bulbs are used whenever possible. 
  • Napkins made from 100% recycled materials used in all facilities.   
  • 100% Fair-trade coffee served in Belk Dining Hall and in Starbucks in BeeHive Cafe. 
  • Induction, convection and pressure cooking technologies and methods are utilized to reduce food waste and energy consumption. 
  • Bulk dispensers are used when practical to reduce packaging. Products available in bulk include juices, sodas, milk, ketchup, salad dressing, honey mustard, BBQ sauce, and most cereals.

Eco Takeout(TM) Clam Shell

  • Rainy day?  You don’t feel like sitting in the dining hall?  Late for class?  Use your container to take your meal to go from Belk Dining Hall.  One meal swipe counts as your to go meal, take what you like and enjoy!  Having dinner in the dining hall and want to take out a meal?  Head back to the cashier, swipe your card again and you're all set!
  • We do the work for you!  After your take out meal, bring back your container to any cashier at Belk Dining Hall (BDH) and they will swap it out for a clean one! You don’t even need to wash it!
  • Lose it or forget it? You can purchase one at anytime for only $5 or a throwaway compostable container for $1.