HFS Sustainability Programs, Services and Activities

Here is a comprehensive list of all current ongoing or annual sustainability programs, services and activities conducted/sponsored by HFS. For more information or questions, please contact sustainabilitycommittee@hfs.washington.edu.





Annual Compost Expo HFS participates in this annual expo which showcases the latest in compostable food and beverage packing.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS)

HFS works with the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office on submitting UW Dining information on our food and beverage program

Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) An HFS program to help encourage the campus community to bring their own mug to HFS cafés, and in exchange, customers receive a discount

Campus Sustainability Fund Project—Cooking Oil

A potential project with the UW Biodiesel Cooperative to capture our used cooking oil and covert it to biodiesel on campus, and then use the fuel on campus to power UW vehicles and generators
Campus Sustainability Fund Project—UW Farm Using UW Farm harvested crops produced on campus in our UW Dining operations, thus supporting a sustainable, closed-loop system
Climate Action Plan (CAP)—Sustainability Food Posters HFS works with a CAP group from the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office to produce sustainability food-purchasing posters
Coffee Sourcing and Sale Most of our locations proudly serve Starbucks coffee. Starbucks strives to provide ethically sourced coffee through their Coffee and Farmer Equity (CAFE) Practices and has become the largest purchaser of Fairtrade certified coffee in the world. Husky Grind coffee is roasted locally on campus and by Seven Coffee Roasters near the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Origin cards are available detailing the farming practices and certifications of our growers. All of our hot cups and lids (except for 8-ounce sizes) are compostable
Compostable Service Ware 100% of service ware from all HFS retail food service operations is compostable
Composting Program UW Recycling collects the coffee grounds and pre-consumer vegetative food waste from HFS kitchens and in the residence halls.
Dashboard HFS has installed dashboard kiosks throughout our newly constructed buildings on West Campus to provide comparative information for energy and water use
E.Media Recycling Program Launched in 2007, designated bins are staged across campus, including in the residence halls, for collection of CDs, DVDs, videotapes, audiotapes, cell phones, pagers, small electronics, printer cartridges and batteries
HFS Green Cleaning Policy The Green Cleaning Policy is designed to protect the environment, customers and staff by utilizing the most environmentally friendly cleaning products and processes that will effectively do the job. This policy reduces the exposure of building occupants and personnel to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminants, which adversely affect air quality, human health, building finishes, building systems, and the environment
LEED-Certified Buildings All new HFS buildings will be designed and built to meet the strict environmental standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system
One Thing Challenge The One Thing Challenge is friendly annual competition between residence hall students at the UW and Washington State University to win their school the title of greenest campus. The campus with the most participants will celebrate with bragging rights and the ceremonial awarding of the One Thing Cup (a trophy made of recycled material)
Outreach Efforts A leader in developing sustainable food systems, UW Dining engages in educational outreach sustainability presentations in University classrooms and other campus venues, government agencies, and national conferences. In addition to formal presentations, outreach events include: UW Sustainability Summit, Earth Day and Dawg Daze.
Real Food Challenge at UW In summer 2011, Real Food Challenge at UW (a Registered Student Organization dedicated to having sustainable, locally sourced, and humanely and fairly produced food at the UW) began auditing our food and beverage purchases
Recycling in the UW Residence Halls HFS partnered with UW Recycling in early 2005 to launch single-stream recycling in the UW residence halls. On each floor and in our dining facilities, there are recycling containers into which the residents put their paper, can, bottles, cardboard and other recyclables
Seattle Public UtilitiesRestaurant Compost Program HFS works with regional stakeholders to support the city of Seattle's ordinance on compostable takeout containers
Student Cleanup, Recycle & Move-Out (SCRAM) HFS and UW Recycling have created the SCRAM recycling event for unwanted items like used clothing, furniture, small appliances and books during student move-out. Collection points are set up at all of the UW residence halls and apartments. All items are redistributed to the community
Students Expressing Environmental Dedication (SEED) Dedicated to helping the environment, SEED creates programs to promote environmental issues in the UW residence halls including area cleanup, recycling, composting and other programs
Sustainability Committee Provides leadership around HFS actions and initiatives related to sustainability
Sustainability Pledge The Sustainability Pledge for students living in Poplar Hall's Sustainable Living Community is modeled on the UW Sustainability Pledge. Students develop a personalized sense of responsibility to live sustainably by creating a pledge that reflects their own unique commitments to sustainable living. This pledge provides students with options to choose various commitments such as saving energy and recycling. This personalized commitment to strive to live sustainably is required for all Sustainable Living Community members
Sustainable Dining Practices Sourcing and offering food and beverages that are certified as sustainably grown, harvested, produced and processed
Sustainable Living Community The Sustainable Living Community in Poplar Hall offers residents opportunities to explore environmental-impact and social-equity topics on individual, local and global scales in a vibrant, social community
UW Sustainability Summit & Fair HFS participates in this annual fair as a way to educate the campus community on sustainability