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

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.

Through our “i go local” initiative, we partner with many producers in the greater Toronto area, within 250 miles of York University and Glendon College, and within Ontario. Where not feasible, we place an emphasis on sourcing products from surrounding provinces and within Canada. We visit many farms as we expand our partnerships and integrate more of their local products into our menu through our signature local / sustainable menu series “Made in Ontario”!


Dining Services partners with campus to recycle paper products, food packaging and composting 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.

Trayless Dining

Did you know Dining Services is trayless? By dining trayless, you have helped positively impact the waste stream. Dining trayless minimizes food waste, conserves energy and water, and reduces the amount of cleaning chemicals entering the waste stream.


Take part in our reusable mug program, "Lug a Mug," to reduce waste and receive a discount on fountain beverages and coffee in all of our dining locations.

Fryer Oil Recycling

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

Hydration Stations

Dining Services offers several hydration stations throughout campus. Use the filtered water stations to refresh and refuel while helping to impact your carbon footprint.

Recycled Content Paper

We use 100% recycled content office and copy paper whenever we can at all dining locations on campus.

Green Cleaning

All dining locations are committed to using Green Seal Certified daily green cleaning products in our operations to reduce the need for chemical based cleaning products and provide a healthy and safe learning environment.

Energy & Water Conservation

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