Autumn Leaves

Sustainability in Dining

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

For the health and safety of our customers, students, staff, and visitors, we have temporarily suspended the use of reusable vessels such as Green2Go program takeout containers, reusable mugs (Silipint and bring-your-own), and reusable bags. Takeout items are offered in single-use disposable items in accordance with CDC guidance for the time being, with plans to refresh and revamp our reusable container programs to be more convenient, easier to access, and safer for customers and staff. In the meantime, single-use plastic options like Styrofoam are the safest for our guests and recommended by the CDC. Unfortunately, we cannot currently effectively switch to compostable food service ware as our composting facility does not have the capacity to handle that volume of compost. 

Because the Green2Go program required multiple, close interactions and hand-offs between customers and cashiers, our team decided to pause the program in order to best promote the health and safety of our customers and staff. This temporary suspension of the program will allow us to re-evaluate our reusable program from top to bottom, and we plan to roll out something that is more efficient, convenient, accessible, and safer for everyone in our dining halls. 

There are quite a few specific changes in the works. First of all, we will bid goodbye to the “Green2Go” name as we rebrand and refresh the program. Operationally, we hope to barcode containers in order to track containers, eliminate the $5 deposit and carabiner, and integrate the program into the Eats app! Once conditions permit, we hope to launch the new program.