Get Involved

There are many ways you can be a part of ensuring the sustainability of campus dining. Check out a few tips below.

Purchase and use a reusable mug or cup.

  • Gator Dining offers $0.25 off coffee purchases and $0.99 fountain beverages when you bring your own reusable cup.
  • Did you know that on average, the typical American will throw away 4.5 lbs. of garbage every day? That’s 220 million tons of waste nation-wide per year!
  • Make sure to recycle plastic, aluminum, and glass containers.


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Use a reusable shopping bag instead of paper or plastic.

  • While no one knows the exact amount of plastic bags consumed, worldwide estimates range in the trillions per year.

Taste don’t waste – take only what you know you will eat.

  • Fresh Food Company & Gator Corner Dining Center are both all-you-care-to-eat facilities. While we would like you to enjoy as much food as you’d like, try to avoid taking too much at first. You can always make a second trip!
  • Did you know every year America throws away $43 billion worth of food, equivalent to 96 billion lbs.? That’s 3,044 lbs. every second.

Eat locally

  • There are many benefits to purchasing local produce, such as supporting local farming; cutting down on the miles food has to travel (thereby reducing fuel use and pollution); ensuring a safe, stable, local food supply; ensuring a fresher product; and eating in conjunction with the seasons.
  • Look for the “Locally Grown” tags in our dining halls to identify locally-sourced items.
  • Did you know most produce travels an average of 1,500 miles before being sold?

Support organic agriculture – make your dollar count.

  • Look for organic snack and grocery items at all six convenience stores on campus.

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University of Florida’s Office of Sustainability
Gators for a Sustainable Campus
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
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