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What’s New with Dining Sustainability this semester?

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Sustainability in What you Eat:

  • Dining Services spent 12.9 % of its food and beverage budget on local food last academic year.  This is an increase from 10.8% in 2012-13.
  • Our Farm Manager, Alex Hessler, is teaching a course this Fall on Small Scale Sustainable Farm Management.  He already has 13 students enrolled.  Consider adding the class to your schedule (Hort 4984)!
  • The Hokie Hi Welcome Picnic will be serving local watermelon from the Dining Services Farm, all 1600 lbs of it!

Sustainability in What you Use:


  •  This year, Dining Services has a new Reusable Water Bottle for sale in most of our units.  The water bottle can used for water and customers can get a discount on soda when presented at the register in participating units (see full list here).
New Reusable Water bottles available for purchase this Fall.

New Reusable Water bottles available for purchase this Fall.

  • Pay $3 cash or $6 flex for use of a Reusable To-Go Container when ordering food.  When finished with the container,  return the container to the Ozzi machine located next to the kiosk in WEM, and receive a token.  This token can then be handed to the cashiers at WEM for the next time they would like to order in a Reusable To-Go container.


  • All Coke cups are now compostable.  Make sure you throw it in the right bin (the compost bin) when you leave! If you set it on the dish return, our staff will take care of it.
  • The Hokie Hi Picnic this year will be Zero Waste which means that all to-go ware will be either compostable or recyclable.  This event is designated to be a Virginia Green Event  and will reduce the amount of trash going to the landfill drastically.
  • Stay tuned for news on potentially transitioning away from foam to-go containers sometime this coming academic year!


Sustainability in Where it Goes:

  • Since 2009, VT Dining Services has diverted more than 2100 tons of waste from the landfill through our composting program.  Eventually, some of the finished compost goes back to the farm  to be used to enrich our soil and close the loop.




Farms and Fields Menu Spotlight: Meditteranean Meatballs

A couple weeks ago, we celebrated the Fall Harvest with our “Tribute to Local Ingredients” Meal. One of the hits from this meal was the Meditteranean Meatballs made from local lamb from VT Meats. And you’re in luck because we’ll be serving these delicious meatballs again today!

Today at the Farms and Fields Project in Owens Food Court, you’ll find a Meditteranean Meatball Sub, Local VT Meats Meatloaf and Homemade Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. The Lamb in the Meatball is sourced from the VT Meat Center as well as the beef and pork in the Meatloaf. The Potatoes used for our Mashed Potatoes were grown just 10 miles down the road at the Dining Services Garden at Kentland Farm.

Don’t forget to pick up your Reusable Bottle at any Cash Register in Owens!   Pay with your meal plan or dining dollars. You’ll get discounted prices on water and soda and be reducing the waste associated with your meal.


Reusable Bottles on Sale at Owens Food Court

Have you noticed these bottles around campus and wondered where you could get one for yourself? reusable bottle

Stop by any of the registers in Owens Food Court and ask for a Reusable  Bottle!

  • Purchase your Dining Services’ Reusable  Bottle at  any register in Owens Food Court  for $10 cash or Dining Dollars, $20 Flex.
  • Use the bottle in any a la carte self service location for free water and 10 cents off fountain drinks (no milk, coffee, or juice).
  • This is the only reusable bottle approved for use in Dining Services’ dining centers.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the Dining Services Sustainability Coordinator at rmtombes@vt.edu.