What We're Doing

We work together to continually develop and implement sustainable solutions at Sam Houston State University. We call these programs and policies Green Thread as they weave throughout our operations every day! Here are just a few ways we strive every day to make our campus a greener, more environmentally friendly place:

Check Local Purchasing: Did you know SH Dining Services sources food from many local famers, growers and distributors? The list changes throughout the year depending on seasonality and availability. However, here is a sampling of a few of our partners:
  • Houston Avocado: Houston, TX
  • Sysco: Houston, TX
  • Ashcraft Bakery, Stafford, TX

Check Recycling: Dining Services partners with campus to recycle cardboard, plastic and paper from all dining locations across campus. We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. Look for signs in our locations for information on where to put your recyclables.

Check Trayless Dining:  Did you know Dining Services has been trayless since 2009? By dining trayless, you have helped positively impact the waste stream. Dining trayless minimizes food waste, conserves energy and water, and reduces the amount of cleaning chemicals entering the waste stream.


Reusable To-Go Containers: Getting your meal to go from Old Main Market? Take part in our Reusable To-Go Container program. Here’s how it works: 

  • Ask the cashier for your meal to -go
  • Your Sam ID will be swiped to ckeck your box out to you
  • Fill it up with whatever food you'd like
  • On your next visit, bring back your to-go box and we'll give you a sanititzed one for your next use

  • Check Fryer Oil Recycling: One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled by a third party company, who then cleans, and refines it to use it in other products.

    Check Recycled Content Paper: We use 100% (or x%) recycled content office and copy paper in Old Main Market dining location on campus.

    Check Green Cleaning: All dining locations are committed to using floor, table and general cleaning daily green cleaning products in our operations to reduce the need for chemical based cleaning products and provide a healthy and safe learning environment.

    Check Energy & Water Conservation: We train our employees each semester on common energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve precious natural resources.