Zero-Waste and Eco-Friendly Dining
UMass Boston’s kitchens and dining service use biodegradable and compostable bags. The campus is a leader in its zero-waste dining program.
Organics composting began at UMass Boston in the late 1990s and has grown to become a comprehensive zero-waste program over the years. The campus has been using biodegradable and compostable bags since the 2000s and in the spring of 2005 it established a zero-waste dining program with compostable bags and foodware and comprehensive recycling in its dining halls.
Additionally, the campus was featured in the Boston Globe for being one of the first to feature organic, fair trade coffees. Organic and fair trade coffees are now widely available all over campus.
UMass Boston has a reuseable cup discount and has vastly expanded its local, vegetarian, and global cuisine offerings.
UMass Boston also hosts Campus Kitchens, which participates in food recycling, hunger relief, and nutritional information programs.
For more information regarding dining on campus, Campus Dining offers a variety of local, vegetarian, and international offerings that reflect the cosmopolitan student body at the campus. It also hosts Global Chef culinary events. You can even order a special Earth Day menu.