Sustainability | Kent State University


Our community focus doesn't stop with great food, inviting atmospheres and bringing people together to build community; we strive to look at the bigger picture of our global impact and the effect our program has on our planet. Kent State University Dining Service is committed to advancing sustainable initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint and empower our campus to "eat green."


What We Do

  • 100% biodegradable carry-out containers in our dining halls made from post-consumer recycled material
  • $0.99 refills on coffee and tea when you use a reusable mug or tumbler
  • Chinaware available

Responsible Sourcing

We purchase local, seasonal and responsibly raised, grown and sourced products whenever possible. We firmly believe responsible sourcing has a direct impact on our local and global economies, our health and wellness and the environment. With every purchase we engage suppliers and partners in an effort to source environmentally and socially responsible products. 

Waste Minimization

We minimize our waste by reducing, reusing and recycling. We minimize our footprint through our waste reduction efforts. Across our operations, we have established practices from initial purchase to final waste disposal that decrease the overall cost of waste both environmentally and financially.

Efficient Operations

We implement practices to conserve natural resources and ensure operational efficiencies. Fueled by the understanding that our day-to-day actions have an impact, we work closely with our clients to conserve energy and water.

Transportation Management

We ensure our transportation programs reduce fuel usage and emissions. Transportation provides a vital circulation system that enables delivery of the highest quality product and service. With our vehicle fleet of thousands, it’s essential for us to minimize our use of fossil fuels and generation of emissions.