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 Reduce

  • Dining Services does business with 28 local vendors and over 25% of their purchases have NY ties.
  • To reduce the amount of consumer food coming to the dish return, Neubig Dining now serves entrees.
  • In 2013, ASC purchased the "LeanPath" measurement equipment and system that identifies areas where food waste can be reduced.
  • In 2012, new evaporator controls were installed in large walk-in coolers in dining units on campus. Energy savings from lower fans usage and defrosting was up to 40%. 
  • In 2011, Campus Catering switched to a new corn-based ethanol cooking fuel called Green Heat, made by Candle Lamp. It does not contain the toxic, methanol-based fuel used in many canned fuel products. It meets the Green Restaurant Association's chemical standards.
  • In 2011, ASC purchased $66,700 worth of energy-efficient food service equipment, replacing some pieces that were more than 20 years old.
  • In 2010, ASC eliminated plastic bags from Subway.
  • ASC switched many of the employee communications from printed paper to electronic screens in each work location.
  • ASC reduced plastic foam usage approximately 20% from Fiscal Year '03 - Fiscal Year '07.
  • In 2009, ASC eliminated plastic foam cups from Dunkin' Donuts. 
  • ASC's retail dining facilities use such biodegradable plastic containers as Natureworks compostable grab-n-go containers.
  • In 2010, Neubig Dining eliminated trays, which reduced water and chemicals to wash and reduced food waste.
  • ASC revised hours of operations in Fiscal Year 2008 to reduce energy usage during low customer traffic periods in various locations.
  • ASC increased fountain beverage servicing in the dining units, leading to a 35% reduction in sale of bottled beverages.
  • ASC maintains its 2006-07 energy footprint with Coca-Cola; it will only accept swapping of beverage coolers or vending units.
  • Exploring with Coca-Cola installation of vending misers that will turn off power to vending machines based on motion and temperature.
  • Coca-Cola has a number of sustainable initiatives that affect the Cortland community. Dasani water bottles are now made with a high percentage of plant materials and are 100% recyclable.
  • In 2008, ASC replaced an electric boiler with a gas boiler at the Commissary for an energy cost savings of $900 per month
  • In 2008, switched an electric pizza oven for a gas oven in Raquette Pizza.
  • In 2007, replaced a 50-year-old dishwasher with an energy-efficient, low-water-use unit in Neubig Dining.
  • Dramatically reduced the volume of printed marketing materials sent to new and returning students by focusing on key messages and emphasizing ASC's Web page.
  • Reduced the use of strong chemicals by switching to "green" cleaning agents.
  • Reduced paper waste by conducting the ASC dining survey and all elections to the ASC membership online. All photocopied material is double sided where applicable.
  • In Summer 2010, a majority of beverage vending machines were replaced with energy-efficient machines that go dormant after a period of non-use.
  • Peet's Coffee Sustainability

 Recycle

  • Neubig Dining and The Bistro both use a pulper to chop up all food scrap waste. A local framer takes it to compost.
  • ASC recycles 100% of all eligible plastic and metal containers in our food production facilities.
  • Dining units recycle used vegetable fryer oil. A local farmer collects and uses it as as biofuel for farm equipment, home heating and his automobile.
  • Working on the preservation and/or elimination of plastic trays in dining locations.
  • Central Production composts all food waste.
  • Hilltop, as a "green" facility, is using more paper and alternative service ware and utensils that decompose within a local farmer's composting program.
  • College Store provides biodegradable gowns for commencement.

 Reuse

  • ASC will refill any mug for a 15% discount on the beverage cost.
  • Dining units use only napkins made from recycled paper.
  • Neubig Dining was converted to an all-you-care-to-eat dining facility in 2005. In conjunction with this change, ASC started using washable china and silverware. As a result, we have reduced the use and disposal of paper, plastic foam and plastics in Neubig alone by more than 30%.
  • Food remaining in dining halls before semester breaks is donated to local food pantries.
  • The College Store has one of the largest selections of used and recycled textbooks.
  • The College Store recycled 28000 textbooks in the last year.
  • The College Store provides numerous paper products made from recycled paper.

 Local Products

  • In 2014, three hundred pounds of tomatoes grown in Homer were turned into pizza sauce on campus
  • Main Street Farms, Homer, NY. Local Produce
  • Trinity Valley, Homer, NY
  • Maines Paper and Food Service - Binghamton, NY. Prime vendor relationship
  • F&T Distributing - Ithaca, NY.  Secondary distributor relationship
  • Bagel Lovers - Dryden, NY. Bagels
  • Crowley’s soft serve ice cream (Neubig) - Binghamton, NY. Utilizes Cortland County farms
  • Cortland Bottled Water - Concord, NY
  • Greenware Products - Rochester, NY. (Biodegradable/Compostable) pudding parfaits, fruit cups, yogurt parfaits, snack cups
  • Coffee Mania - Cortland, NY.  Neubig, Poolside, Concessions, Dragons Court
  • Caffe Latte - Valley Cottage, NY
  • Badman’s Bushel - Homer NY. Seasonal produce
  • Great Lakes Cheese - Cuba, NY. Cheese products
  • Ames Linen, Cortland, NY. All linen and dry cleaning
  • Food Hub, Groton, NY