We impact the environment with every meal. Chartwells, Towson’s dining services provider, offers vegetarian and vegan options, engages in composting and recycling, and provides reuse/reduce incentives. Learn more about Dining Services sustainability.
Dining services supports single-stream recycling by channeling as much post-consumer (non-food) waste to recycling points on campus. Dining services staff further reduce waste through composting (see below), recycling printer and toner cartridges, recycling office paper, s-sided printing and sharing information electronically versus printed mediums where possible
Wonder where the dining hall trays went? As part of our Trayless Tuesday's program, the Glen Marketplace, Newell Dining Hall, and West Villiage Commons go trayless every Tuesday to reduce food waste, decrease the energy and water used to clean trays and encourage healthier eating habits. This is a voluntary program but we hope everyone goes green with us!
Our reusable mug program enables students, faculty and staff to receive a discount on all drinks purchased in a 20oz. insulated Go Green mug. Mugs available a select retail locations for $6.99.
There is a 'second life' for used fryer oil coming out of dining services operations in the University Union, Glen Dining Hall, Newell Dining Hall and the Den. After its 'cooking life' is over, used fryer oil is collected in special containers, picked up and processed by a company called Revolution Bio Fuels. The result is biodiesel, a fuel that helps reduce levels of particulates, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons that enter the atmosphere. It is estimated that Chartwells collects approximately 6,300 gallons of used fryer oil for conversion to biofuel per year.
In Fall 2011 the university expanded its composting program--which originated in Newell Dining Hall in fall 2010-- to the Glen Dining Hall, the University Union and the West Villiage Commons. The expanded collection system covers all major dining halls on campus and is projected to divert between 190 and 280 tons of organics from the landfill during this academic year. The program will reduce campus carbon emissions by 210 to 315 carbon dioxide equivalents a year and provide us with between five and seven tons of composted mulch for use around campus.
Office of Sustainability
General Services Building, Room 132D (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.