We work together to continually develop and implement sustainable solutions. Through Green Thread, our environmental sustainability platform, we bring innovative and efficient solutions to life. We are passionately focused on reducing the environmental impact within our operations. 

Here are just a few ways we work to make our campus more environmentally conscious:

Local Purchasing


Did you know Dining Services sources food from many local farmers, 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: 

  • Kilcoyne Farms, Brasher Falls, NY
  • Meier's Artisan Cheese, Fort Covington, NY
  • Carriage House Bakery, Potsdam, NY
  • Martin's Farms, Potsdam, NY


Dining Services partners with campus to recycle cardboard, plastics and pre-consumer food waste 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.

Trayless Dining

Did you know Dining Services has been trayless for several years now? 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.


Take part in our reusable mug program to reduce waste and receive a discount on coffee at participating locations across campus.

Reusable To-Go Containers

Getting your meal to go from Main Street Cafe, The Servery or Ross-Brooks Dining Hall? Take part in our Reusable To-Go Container program. Here’s how it works: 
1. Dine at Ross-Brooks, The Servery or Main Street Café & ask for a reusable container.
2. Redeem your token with the cashier. (No token? Pay $5 to join)
3. Enjoy your food anywhere!
4. Return empty container to the Servery dish room, Ross-Brooks Cashier or to a redemption machine. (located in Cheel, ERC & TAC)
5. Retrieve a token.
6. Redeem for a clean container at your next meal.
7. Repeat!

Fryer Oil Recycling

One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled.

Hydration Stations

Clarkson has several hydration stations throughout campus. Use the filtered water stations to refresh and refuel while helping to impact your carbon footprint.

Energy & Water Conservation

We train our employees each semester on common energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve precious natural resources.