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Social Responsibility

Sustainability is one of the values that is distinctly Colgate. Our commitment to social responsibility and the reduction of our carbon footprint extends to our dining services. Here is how we remain socially and environmentally conscious.

Food and Beverage Offerings

  • We offer local meat, poultry, and dairy through collaboration with Purdy & Sons and other New York State providers.
  • Frank Dining Hall offers organic rice, grains, and other foods daily.
  • We are identifying additional local vendors through the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
  • We serve organic and fair trade hot beverages.

Sustainable Partnerships

  • We provide 80 dinners weekly to an area soup kitchen.
  • Our Community Garden provides a platform for expanded horticulture and environmental education, along with community gardening best practices.
  • We offer beverage discounts at the Coop and the library café for those with reusable mugs.
  • Our fryer oils are picked up and converted into local fuel.
  • We recycle cardboard, plastic, cans, and bottles.

Sustainable Packaging

  • We use pre-recycled, compostable napkins in all locations.
  • We serve on non-disposable china and reusable hard plastic for meals at Frank Dining Hall.
  • All our take-out locations utilize corn-based compostable packaging and flatware.
  • We participate in a campus-wide ban of Styrofoam products.