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:

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  • Composting in the Kitchen & service areas
  • Divert 100% of our fryer oil waste for recycling
  • Fair trade coffee selections in Java City and Pura Vida
  • China & cloth tablecloths used in catering
  • Electronic advertising & promotions
  • Online Catering Guide
  • Green cleaning supplies reduce the need for chemical based cleaning products and are purchased in bulk
  • Catering delivers events across campus on foot when able
  • Condiments used in bulk 
  • PLA foodservice products - cold beverage cups and cold to go containers
  • Recycled, non-bleached napkins in single feed dispensers
  • Biodegradable products including: plates, bowls, and clamshells
  • Java City coffee sleeves are made from 70% post-consumer recycled fiber
  • Refillable beverage program offering a discount on fountain beverages and coffee
  • Use of eco-friendly Apex products in all dish machines
  • Recycle copy machine cartridges
  • Participate in RecycleMania
  • Promote Earth Day

Along with these efforts, the renovation of The Cafe & Pub

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  • Reduced water usage by 10% and reduce electrical usage by 12% with the new dish machine
  • Provided cost savings with the new lighting enhancements and selective switching
  • Included installation of carpet made with recycled material and is a recyclable product
  • Included installation of new refrigeration units and lighting that are Energy Star rated
  • Provided additional containers for sorting garbage, recyclables and food scraps

Loras College Campus Dining also focuses on locally grown food products. Current Iowa-based items purchased include:

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  • Butcher Block Pork & Beef from Marshalltown
  • Barilla Pasta from Ames
  • Hillandale Eggs from New Hampton
  • Well’s Blue Bunny Ice Cream from Lamars
  • Curly’s Ribs from Ottumwa
  • General Mills - Gold Medal Flour from Cedar Rapids
  • White Marble Farms from Ottumwa
  • Burke Sausage – Pizza Toppings from Nevada
  • Diamond Crystal from Mason City
  • Capital Brands – locally grown produce from Des Moines
  • Iowa Farm Families from Orange City

We continue to search out additional opportunities to further our usage of local products.


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