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: Dining Services partners with campus to recycle cardboard 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.
Join the Halftime Hustle Competition!
Halftime Hustle is a recycling competition for SFA student organizations. At every SFA home basketball game, student orgs.' volunteers will collect plastic bottle recycling during halftime, and once more at the end of the game. Post-game, the volunteers will weigh the bags and receive credit in the form of recycling weight totals and volunteer hours. The Student organization that collects the most recycling (weight) by the end of the football season, will win the Halftime Hustle competition and $400, donated by Student Services. The second place prize is $200 and third prize will be $100 in either dining dollars, catering or a meal plan.
To sign up/for more information, contact Brigid Gregory: Gregory-brigid@aramark.com or 936-468-2927
Please Include the following information in your Email:
-Student organization name
-Contact person’s name, email & cell phone #
-# of volunteers they expect to participate 
-Number of game(s) they are interested volunteering for

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.

Reusable To-Go Containers: What are Eco To-Go Containers? 
Eco To-Gos are durable and leak resistant, opaque containers. They are:recyclable (#5), BPA free (Bisphenol A is a potentially harmful chemical found in plastics), National Sanitation Foundation Certified (gold standard for sanitation), sanitized per the Texas Health Department regulation. And of course, the reusable containers reduce waste. Last year SFA disposed of over 7,600 disposable to-go containers weekly! That's over 230,000 during an academic year! 

It's just 3 simple steps: Swipe and Eat, Return and Repeat! 

The program works similar to a library card system: Each SFA Id-card holder gets one Eco To-Go container for free. Using the customer's Id-card, we keep track of which customers have an Eco To-Go container "checked in" or "checked out" of the dining halls. Once the Eco To-Go container has left the RFoC, it belongs to the customer. To get a second container (second meal in an Eco To-Go), the customer must return the first container, or they can choose to purchase a second container for a $5 replacement fee. Customers can always get a whole meal from our RFoC Express coolers if they forget or lose their Eco To-Go container and are too busy to sit in the dining hall. 
Containers can be returned (during normal business hours*) to any of the following locations' cashiers: 
- SC RFoC - EC RFoC  
- Einstein Bros. Bagels, Library  

- C Store, BPSC 
- Einsteins
- EC Dining Hall

* Eco To-Go will not be continued during summer sessions. Sorry for any inconvenience.

1.) Why should I participate? 
By preventing thousands of disposable to-go containers from entering the landfill each year, the Eco To-Go program is a great way to get meals "to-go" and reduce waste!
2.) Where can I get my meal in an Eco To-Go container? Where do I return it?
All SFA Id-card holders can get meals to-go in Eco To-Go containers at the SC & EC RFoCs.
All SFA ID-Card holders can get hot meals in Eco To-Go containers at the EC & SC Dining Halls. You can return your Eco To-Go container to the cashiers at any of the following locations: EC and SC Dining Halls, BPSC C-Store and Einstein Bros Bagels. 
3.) Do I have to wash my container? 
We handle the washing of all containers in our dish washing facilities to ensure proper sanitation. We do ask, that if possible, you return the container, rinsed. But either way, simply return the container and we will take care of the cleaning and sanitation. 
4.)Are the Eco To-Go containers clean and sanitary? 
Yes, the Eco To-Go containers are clean and sanitary. The containers are cleaned and sanitized through the same process that is used for all other dining hall dishware and cutlery. We ensure that your next container is clean and ready for your use, just as a plate and cup would be in the dining hall. 
5.) Can I clean and re-use the same Eco To-Go container? 
No, you will not be allowed to clean and re-use the same Eco To-Go container. Each container must be sanitized and cleaned in the SFA Dining dishwashers. 
6.) What happens if I lose, break of chip my Eco To-Go? 
If your Eco To-Go container is lost or stolen, you can choose to purchase a second container (meal to-go) for a $5 non-refundable replacement fee , dine in or use RFoC Express (SC and coming soon to EC). If your container is broken or chipped, please return the container to either the SC or EC RFoC and we will replace the container at no charge to you. 
7.) When do I have to return my Eco To-Go? 
There is no deadline for returning the container. But, to get a second Eco To-Go meal you must return your first container or you may choose to purchase a second container for a $5 non-refundable replacement fee, you may also choose to dine in or get RFoC Express at SC, coming soon to EC. 
8.) Can I get retail food (Panda Express, Chick-fil-A) in my Eco To-Go container? 
No, you may not get retail food in your Eco To-Go container. You may only use the containers at the RFoCs. 
9.) Can a commuter participate in the Eco To-Go program? 
Yes, all SFA Id-card holders may participate in the Eco To-Go program.

Check Fryer Oil Recycling: One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled by Quest Recycling Services.

Check 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.

Check Recycled Content Paper: We use 30% recycled content office and copy paper in all dining locations on campus.

Check Green Cleaning: All dining locations are committed to using 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.