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What We're Doing

Sustainability on Campus:

  • Campus-Wide
    • Earth Day Festival
    • Recyclemania
    • Big Red’s Bike Program & One Group
    • Sustainability Committee Member
    • Sustainability Purchases Committee Member
    • Fair-trade Steering Commitee Leader
    • Green Team Leader
  • Fresh Food Company 
    • Farm to Campus 
    • Tray-less Dining
    • Composting all Pre- & Post-Consumer Food Waste
    • Local Purchasing
  • Java City
    • EcoGrounds Coffees are Fair-Trade or Rain Forest
    • Alliance Certified Coffees
    • Reusable Mugs
    • Coffee Grounds are Composted by the WKU Gardening Crew to use in the CampusGardens
    • Recycles Plastic Milk Containers
    • All Bewley's Hot Teas are Fair Trade, Including Chai Tea
    • No Plastic Bags or Styrofoam
    • Local Products - Udderly Kentucky Milk
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
    • Features Tribecca Blend Coffee
    • No Plastic Bags or Styrofoam
    • Coffee Grounds are Composted by the WKU Gardening Crew to use in the CampusGardens
  • Starbucks
    • Fair Trade Yukon & Italian Roast Coffee Blends
    • Coffee Grounds are Composted by the WKU Gardening Crew to use in the CampusGardens
    • Local Products - Udderly Kentucky Milk
    • All wood used in the construction is reclaimed/recycled
  • DSU Food Court and RedZone
    • Composting all Pre-Consumer Food Waste
  • Garrett Conference Center
    • Fair Trade Bewley's Tea
    • Local Products - Udderly KY Milk
  • DaVinci's
    • No Plastic Bags or Styrofoam
  • Convenience Stores
    • Organic & Natural Foods
    • Eco-friendly Cleaning Supplies
    • Divine Grand Fair-trade Chocolate
    • KY Proud Products Available - Ale 8, Chaney’s Dairy Barn (Big Red Rumble IceCream) and Udderly KY Milk
  • All Locations
    • Recycle Used Cooking Oil
    • Use Eco-Cleaning Products
    • Use Eco-Friendly Napkins
    • Recycle Cardboard
  • Business & Marketing Offices
    • Uses A Local “Green Printer” For Printing Our Promotional Materials
    • Using Recycled Paper And Soy Inks.
    • Uses Recycled Copy Paper
    • Uses "Green Seal Certified" Cleaning Products
  • Aramark Corporation
    • Sustainable Food Practices
    • Buying Locally
    • Green Cleaning
    • Energy & Water Management Programs
    • Waste Stream Management
    • Waste Reduction
    • Responsible Procurement - Purchasing From Other Eco-conscious Businesses
    • Green Buildings - Integrating Energy Efficient And Environmentally
    • Friendly Construction In New Building Projects.
    • Transportation - In 2007 35% Of Fleet Vehicles Were Hybrid Or Flex Fuel.

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: Did you know WKU Restaurant Group sources food from many local famers, 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:
  • Udderly Kentucky

Check Recycling: WKU Restaurant Group partners with campus to recycle cardboard and used cooking oil 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.

Check Reusables: Take part in our reusable mug program to reduce waste and receive a discount on fountain beverages and coffee in Java City, Starbucks and Einstein Bros. Bagels dining locations. 

Check Hydration Stations: WKU Restaurant Group 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 100% recycled content office and copy paper in all marketing and dining locations on campus.

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