Other Initiatives

Along with composting, energy conservation, trayless dining, and recycling, ISU Dining participates in a number of other sustainable initiatives.

ISU Dining To-Go Program

ISU Dining has created a to-go program that is designed to help students on the go still be able to grab a meal, even with their busy schedule. The containers used for the Eco To Go program are plastic can be washed and reused. Learn more about ISU Dining's To-Go program here.

Bring Your Own Mug Coffee Discount

If you bring in your reusable bottle or coffee mug you will not only save items from entering a landfill but also save $0.35 on your beverage! Bring in your own coffee mug to any retail cafe and recieve $0.35 off your drink just for being "green!" Through this program, ISU Dining customers save nearly 35,000 cups from the trash each year.

Food at First

ISU Dining partners with Food at First, an Ames-based free meal program for Story County citizens in hunger. Food at First volunteers work with ISU Dining employees to deliver food items from various ISU Dining locations to Food at First's local food pantry. Food at First consists of two offerings for those in need: a free meal and a food pantry. If you're interested in learning more, visit our Food at First page.

Bio-Bus: http://www.stuorg.iastate.edu/biobus/index.html

ISU BioBus is an interdisciplinary entrepreneurial student initiative that recycles waste vegetable oil from ISU campus dining facilities into biodiesel fuel to power the city of Ames' CyRide buses. Biodiesel is a non-toxic, biodegradable alternative to fossil fuels. This biofuel significantly reduces harmful emissions and can be used in virtually any diesel engine with little to no modification. While the overt goal of the organization is to increase environmental sustainability at Iowa State by recycling, the underlying emphasis is to create an experiential learning program to integrate students, faculty, and the community.

The club is currently comprised of a diverse group of students in business, engineering, agricultural, and bio-renewable technology fields, which provides a unique platform for cross-disciplinary learning and sharing while working towards a common goal. The ISU BioBus Club accepts students of all majors and backgrounds. In addition to all that BioBus is currently doing, BioBus and faculty across ISU are also working to setup courses to encourage further involvement and learning by students at all levels, through interactive classroom learning

Also check out: http://www.inside.iastate.edu/article/2012/03/22/biobus