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About BASC sustainability

Being good stewards is one of BASC's core company values. Not only do we strive to manage resources efficiently to create and preserve value for our customers, but we also take steps to care for our environment. Below are ways that BASC supports living, learning, and working green as well as some Frequently Asked Questions.

Visit the College Sustainability webpage (new window) for more information on campus-wide initiatives.Green is Gold

Living Green

  • Recycling of Fryer Oil via our vendor
  • Energy star laundry and vending machines
  • Refuse vendor, Suburban Disposal, is transitioning to a fleet of collection trucks that use cleaner burning natural gas
  • Shut-down schedule for equipment over breaks

Learning Green

  • Farm to Table Dinners - View the videos from October 2012 and 2013.
  • Harvest Celebration - a Farm to Table Thanksgiving in 2015 held in Brockway & Harrison Dining Halls
  • Participation in various campus events that promote sustainability.
  • A series of Waste Weighs were conducted in 2008-09 to raise awareness about the amount of food wasted by consumers in the dining halls.

Working Green

  • Refillable Mug Program in retail dining locations
  • Book Rental Program at the Bookstore
  • Recycleable To-Go Containers in retail dining locations
  • Elimination of Portion Cups in Dining Halls
  • Elimination of Plastic Straws in the Dining Halls
    • 300,000 straws have been eliminted per academic year 
  • Tray-less at Brockway and Harrison Dining Halls
  • Implementation of Disposal Procedure
  • Dispenser implementation (napkins, silverware)
  • China, Glass, and Silverware Recovery Program
  • Natural Upcycling Compost Program (for pre-consumer waste)
    • Over 85,000 lbs of waste is composted each year
    • Watch our Natural Upcycling Video to learn more! 
  • Reusable bags for sale at the Bookstore

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dining Services buy local foods?

BASC contracts with Giambrone, a Rochester produce food distributor, for fresh produce. Giambrone provides local produce whenever possible. There are signs in the dining halls that communicate weekly local produce. Local farms include Kirby's Market, Garden Farm, Hill-View Farms, Sodoma Farms, Intergrow, Smith's Farm Market, and many others. Approximately 90% of the dairy products served on campus are produced locally and about 12-15% of produce is sourced locally through prime vendors.

Does Dining Services have a compost program?

Dining Services has partnered with Natural Upcycling to compost pre-consumer waste. Vegetable scraps, egg shells, and coffee grounds are collected from Brockway Dining Hall, Harrison Dining Hall, and The Square at the Union to turn it into a renewable resource - such as electricity or natural gas – through a process called anaerobic digestion. In the first pilot year (Oct. 2016 - Aug. 2017), over 52,000 lbs of waste was composted using this program.

Are energy efficient appliances used in Dining Services?

When equipment has exceeded its useful life or otherwise needs replacement, BASC aims to replace it with energy efficient models. Replacement kitchen equipment, including stoves, ovens, steamers, and refrigeration, are sourced not only for quality of construction, but also energy efficiency. In our newest facility, Kinetic Kafe, the majority of the equipment is manufactured by Electrolux and is highly energy efficient. LED lighting is also installed in most equipment including walk-in refrigerators. 

In 2012 many of our major refrigeration units were converted from a water-based cooling and heat transfer system to a Glycol-based closed system, dramatically reducing water usage while increasing energy efficiency.

Are environmentally-friendly disposable containers used in eateries on campus?

Nearly all of the to-go containers used by Dining Services are recyclable. Please remember to remove any food debris before recycling these containers. In addition, some disposable containers like portion cups and straws in the dining halls have been eliminated altogether to help reduce waste.

What happens to the used fryer oil on campus?

Currently, Upstate Oil Collection picks up the used fryer oil on campus and recycles/processes it according to regulations and guidelines. 

What is the Farm to Table Dinner?

This awesome event aims to support local farms and showcase what's grown in New York State. It's also an opportunity to give thanks to our local farming community for the season's bounty and help to foster a greater connection with food and where it comes from. This event was held at Rob Farms in Spencerport in October 2012 and 2013 and was brought to campus and held in the dining halls in 2015 to reach a broader audience. The 2015 Harvest Celebration event won a prestigious Loyal E Horton award from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS). View the videos from October 2012 and 2013

Why did the dining halls go tray-less?

Both dining halls have experienced reductions in food waste as a result of not using trays. In fact, after the initial switch to tray-less Harrison Dining Hall was able to eliminate two of their six refuse pickups per week. Brockway Dining Hall is currently at two pickups per week.

What is the Refillable Mug Program?

Dining Service's Refillable Mug can be purchased at the BASC Business Office or any cafe on campus for only $5! This mug saves you 20% off on the 16 oz. price when purchasing fountain beverages (soda, juice, Revolet), coffee or tea, hot chocolate or cappuccino from the machine at The Square or Eagle's Nest. This mug may not be used in Brockway or Harrison Dining Hall.