What We're Doing

Food Sourcing

Serving free-range,
antibiotic free chicken

Serving humanely raised,
antibiotic and hormone
free beef from New Zealand 
100% of tofu served
is locally sourced 
Serving cage-free eggs 

Serving Fair Trade coffee
at select locations

100% of milk products
are from California
Serving seafood that is
MSC certified or follows
the Monterey Bay
Seafood Watch
Serving produce that
is locally sourced
when in season
Serving fresh daily,
locally crafted bread
and pastries 
Sustainable Practices

Waste Reduction

 Partnership with GreenWaste Recovery enables Spartan Shops to have a ~90% diversion rate

- All of our waste is collected and sorted to composting, recycling and to the landfill.


• Campus campaigns help to reduce food waste at the source

- Trayless Dining

- Taste Don't Waste


• Coffee grounds and food scraps are composted in an on-campus garden

The Mug Life campaign urges students and faculty to bring a reusable mug for coffee, tea, and other beverages to receive a $0.50 discount at our eateries  100% of used cooking
oil is made into biodiesel
100% Styrofoam-free
in eateries
When purchasing new
kitchen equipment, energy
star-rated appliances are
chosen to reduce energy
and water waste
We use EcoLab cleaning
products in our eateries

Food Donations

• Day-old bread and pastries are donated to on-campus student benefit organizations

• Other food that cannot be sold is donated to local shelters

eco-friendly products
We use compostable
coffee cups, bowls and
utensils in our eateries
The plastic to-go containers at Union Square's In the Mix are made from recycled beverage bottles We use biodegradable dishware
in The Commons



*Sourced from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Fair Trade* 

a movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices


Humane* marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals

Organic*   grown or made without the use of artificial chemicals
Free-Range* allowed to range and forage with relative freedom (free–range chickens); also:  of, relating to, or produced by free-range animals (free–range eggs)
Diversion Rate

The percentage of waste materials diverted from traditional disposal such as the landfill to be recycled, composted, or re-used.

Hormone & Antibiotic Free animals were never given hormone treatments or antibiotics during their lifetime
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certified a rigorous fishing practices standard that looks at bycatch, environmental impact, and healthy stock levels
Monterey Bay Seafood Watch a guide for best choices and good alternatives to buying fish so that fish populations are kept in check