Green Procurement & Energy Efficiency

In order to lessen our reliance on non-renewable resources and leave the most positive footprint on the environment, Dining Services’ policy is to procure the most environmentally responsible products available to us.  We have also created processes and procedures to reduce our energy and water use through behavior change and resource-efficient equipment and hardware.

  • When purchasing new equipment, Energy Star rated models are given the highest priority during the procurement process.
  • Energy and water efficiency audits/trainings are performed each semester at all locations on campus.
  • Low-flow hand washing sinks and low flow pre-rinse spray nozzles are used for all large dish sinks.
  • More than 90% of single-use packaging used on campus is compostable and we work with national brands to get the most environmentally-friendly options available.  No Polystyrene is used on campus.
  • Napkins at all residential dining halls, catering, the GSU Union Food Court, Granby St. Cafe, 575 Cafe, Healthy Blends, the BU PUB,  and Buick St. Market are Green-Seal certified and made with 100% recycled content.  Subway, Starbucks, Einstein’s Bagels and Raising Cane’s all use napkins with recycled content.
  • Charlie to Go and Catering on the Charles’ cardboard lunch boxes are made with 100% post-consumer content.
  • Green Seal-certified cleaning supplies and dish detergents are used for all operations, supplied by Ecolab.
  • All office paper purchased has at least 50% recycled content and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
  • In 2009, Catering on the Charles replaced and upgraded several box trucks with Ford Transits, greatly increasing miles per gallon.
  • All Dining Services offices must be audited and certified by sustainability@bu’s Green Office Program.  That’s more than 40 offices!