We work together to continually develop and implement sustainable solutions. Through Green Thread, our environmental sustainability platform, we bring innovative and efficient solutions to life. We are passionately focused on reducing the environmental impact within our operations. 
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Here are just a few ways we work to make our campus more environmentally conscious:

Local Purchasing


Did you know Dining Services sources food from many local farmers, growers and distributors? The list changes throughout the year depending on seasonality and availability. However, here is a sampling of a few of our partners:

  • Barry’s Berries & Jan’s Jams: Charles City County, Virginia
  • Crown Orchard: Batesville, Virginia
  • Dodd’s Acres: Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Kirby Farms: Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Mountain View Orchards: Stafford County, Virginia
  • Sunnyside Farm: Cumberland, Virginia
  • The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg: Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Twin Oaks Community: Louisa County, Virginia


Dining Services recycles from all dining locations across campus. We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. Look for signs in our locations for information on where to put your recyclables. 

Certified Virginia Green facility

Market 810, the main student dining center on the Monroe Park Campus, is a certified Virginia Green facility, as determined by a state-sponsored program that promotes sustainability. Market 810 relies on LED and natural lighting, and restrooms feature motion-sensor, low-flow water taps and provide air dryers instead of paper towels.

Fryer Oil Recycling

One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled.