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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. 

Here are just a few ways we work to make our campus more environmentally conscious:

Local Purchasing


Dining Services sources food from many local farmers, growers and distributors! The list changes throughout the year depending on seasonality and availability. Our partners include:

  • Clem’s Refrigerated Foods (Lexington, KY)
  • F&F Fish Market (Calhoun, KY)
  • Klosterman’s bakery (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Borden Dairy (London, KY)

Dining services also has a unique partnership with EKU’s Meadowbrook Farm; all of our hamburger meat comes from the farm! For more information on Meadowbrook farm, visit their site:



Dining Services partners with EKU Facilities to recycle cardboard, paper, aluminum, plastic, and fryer oil from all dining locations across campus. Look for signs in our locations for information on where to put your recyclables.




Participate in our new reusable to-go container program in Case Kitchen!


  • Containers are $5.00 and can be purchased with a cashier in Case Kitchen using credit, debit, or flex dollars.
  • How it works:
    • Opt-in to the program by purchasing a reusable to-go container.
    • Fill the container with whatever foods you wish in Case Kitchen.
    • Retrieve your ID from the cashier and enjoy your meal on the go!
    • Empty your container of food and trash.
    • Return your container to Case Kitchen by alerting the cashier and placing your container in the receptacle.
    • You will receive an exchange card to use the next time you wish to take a to-go meal.
    • Case Kitchen staff will clean and sanitize the container to be used again.
  • Bring your own mug to our coffee shops to reduce waste and receive discounts!
    • Starbucks
      • Branded reusable mugs available for purchase
      • $0.10 discount on any crafted beverage when you bring your own mug
      • $1.00 fills of black coffee in your own mug (any size)
    • Java City
      • Java City branded cups available for purchase
      • Discounted refills when you bring your own 16 ounce or smaller cup
        • $3 refresher or hot drink
        • $2 cold brew or nitro brew
        • $1 regular coffee
    • Einstein Brothers Bagels
      • Branded reusable mugs available for purchase

Hydration Stations


Several water bottle refill stations are located throughout campus. To date, all of the refill stations on campus have prevented the use of nearly 2 million plastic water bottles.


Recycled Content Paper

We use 95% recycled content office and copy paper in all dining locations on campus.

Energy & Water Conservation


We train our employees each semester on common energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve precious natural resources.

All EKU Dining offices are outfitted with motion sensor lights to conserve energy when not in use.