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  • We are trayless since 2012 in all dining locations including Neubig, The Bistro and our retail operations (The Dragon's Den, Corey Union, The Dragon's Court and Hilltop). This reduced the amount of water and chemicals to wash and reduced food waste.
  • 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, Dining Services 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, Dining Services purchased $66,700 worth of energy-efficient foodservice equipment, replacing some pieces that were more than 20 years old.
  • In 2010, Dining Services eliminated plastic bags from Subway.
  • Cortland Auxiliary switched many of its employee communications from printed paper to electronic screens in each work location.
  • Dining Services reduced plastic foam usage approximately 20% from Fiscal Year '03 - Fiscal Year '07.
  • In 2009, Dining Services eliminated plastic foam cups from Dunkin' Donuts. 
  • Retail dining facilities use such biodegradable plastic containers as Natureworks compostable grab-n-go containers.
  • Cortland Auxiliary revised hours of operations in Fiscal Year 2008 to reduce energy usage during low customer traffic periods in various locations.
  • Dining Services increased fountain beverage servicing in the dining units, leading to a 35% reduction in the sale of bottled beverages.
  • Cortland Auxiliary 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, Cortland Auxiliary replaced an electric boiler with a gas boiler at the Commissary. The energy cost savings was $900 per month.
  • In 2007, replaced a 50-year-old dishwasher with an energy-efficient, low-water-use unit in Neubig Dining.
  • Cortland Auxiliary dramatically reduced the volume of printed marketing materials sent to new and returning students by focusing on key messages and emphasizing its website.
  • Reduced the use of strong chemicals by switching to "green" cleaning agents.
  • Reduced paper waste by conducting the dining survey and all elections to the Cortland Auxiliary 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


  • Neubig Dining and The Bistro both use a pulper to chop up all food scrap waste. The waste goes to Cayuga Compost.
  • Dining Services 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 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.
  • College Store provides biodegradable gowns for commencement.


  • Dining Services 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, Dining Services 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 28,000 textbooks in the last year.
  • The College Store provides numerous paper products made from recycled paper.

 Local Products

  • Each year, Dining Services processes thousands of pounds of tomatoes and squash grown in Homer, NY.
  • Main Street Farms, Homer, NY. Local produce.
  • Trinity Valley Dairy, Homer, NY
  • Maines Paper and Food Service - Binghamton, NY. Prime vendor relationship
  • Yolato Frozen Yogurt (Neubig & The Bistro)
  • 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. Link to Ames Linen sustainability statement.
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