Fair Trade Certified

Campus Dining is proud to earn a 3 Star Green Restaurant Certification for the sustainability efforts at Engrained.


Campus Dining is continually increasing its sustainable practices while serving the campus community high quality foods and top-notch customer service. Below is a list of our sustainability initiatives.

  • Waste sorting stations used for compost, recycling (including cans, bottles, glass and paper) and landfill used at all Campus Dining locations.
  • $1 coffee refills at all Campus Dining locations
  • Used kitchen oil is utilized to make bio-fuel. In 2019/2020, we recycled 21,210 pounds of wastel.
  • Participation in Recyclemania, a 10-week competition among colleges and universities. In 2019 GVSU recycled a total of 609,466 lbs. More information can be found at www.recyclemaniacs.org. Results specific to GVSU can be found here.
  • Low emission fluorescent lights are used in Campus Dining coolers.
  • A flex-fuel vehicle is used for food deliveries.
  • Participation in Zero-Waste Football and other athletic games. In 2012, Grand Valley was named the #1 school for zero-waste games for Division II and III universities.
  • When requested, Campus Dining offers "Zero-Waste" meals, where all disposable-ware is either compostable or recyclable.
  • Campus Dining uses compostable trash bags in dining locations.
  • Compostable take-out bags used in C-Stores and retail locations.
  • Implementation of digital menu boards at The Blue Connection, Kleiner, Einstein Bros Bagels, Panda Express and Seidman Cafe.
  • Use of eco-friendly cleaning products in dish machines.
  • Use of trays at Fresh Food Company was eliminated to reduce energy, water and detergent usage. This resulted in saving 1,619,000 gallons of water from 2007 to 2008.
  • Coffee and tea brands, including Java City, Starbucks, Bewley's and Tazo offer Fair Trade Coffee and Tea.
  • Fair Trade chocolate, dried tropical fruit, ice cream, sugar and tea are available.
  • Compostable disposable-ware is utilized as often as possible. This includes plates, bowls, lids and napkins made of sugar cane, biodegradable cups, corn-based cutlery and portion cups made from natural and renewable produces.
  • Campus Dining partners with the Michigan Department of Transportation to participate in Adopt-a-Highway. Employee volunteers clean up a 2-mile section of I-196 three times a year in an effort to make Michigan's highways beautiful.
  • The Campus Dining Green Team educates students at dining locations to promote sustainable waste management through proper disposal of compostable and recyclable waste.
  • Education for employees on sustainability through a mandatory training course.
  • A Campus Dining management position dedicated to sustainability.
  • Participation with Sustainability Week and the Sustainable Chef Challenge.
  • Participation in GVSU Farmer's Market and Farm to Table.
  • Participation in Meatless Monday at Fresh Food Co., Engrained, and Fusion. More information about this effort can be found here.

Fair Trade is a humane approach to goods produced in third-world and developing countries.

Fair Trade Certified goods ensure that farmers and producers are paid fair and adequate wages.

Buying Fair Trade products :

  • Raises the standard of living for producers in third-world countries
  • Pays farmers fair market wages
  • Builds communities through Fair Trade co-ops
  • Ensures ethical and humane treatment of farmers
  • Encourages sustainable agricultural development
  • Disallows slavery and child labor practices

Fair Trade certified coffee and tea is located at all Java City locations on campus. Look for the Fair Trade logo when choosing your coffee.

Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee, available at all Java City locations on campus, supports cooperatives engaging in sustainable coffee-growing practices, which protect tropical rainforests from deforestation and promote biodiversity in the local ecosystems.

All sub-contracted food service providers of Campus Dining must, at a minimum, comply with Campus Dining’s guidelines with respect to composting food waste and providing compostable or otherwise recyclable service ware.  Also, in an effort to reduce the need for materials management operations in Campus Dining cost centers, additional consideration for procurement and contracts shall be given to vendors who offer materials reduction programs (i.e. take-back options or reusable pallets) that enable Campus Dining to make progress toward meeting its zero waste goals.

For more information on sustainable food, visit Sustainabletable.org.

For more information about sustainability at GVSU visit www.gvsu.edu/sustainability

For more information on Grand Valley's general food and waste minimization, visit https://www.gvsu.edu/sustainabilityguide

Local Vendors

Using local vendors is an important sustainability initiative because it requires the use of less fuel to deliver the food to campus.

  • Produce: Sysco MI produce line (when available)
  • Produce: Gordon Food Service MI
  • Arnies Bakery: Grand Rapids, MI
  • Fryer Oil: Zoye, Zeeland, MI
  • Bread Crumbs: Drakes Batter Mi Co., Marshall, MI
  • Ice Cream: Hudsonville Ice Cream, Hudsonville, MI
  • Baked Goods: Sandy’s Bakery, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Concessions: Kowalski Hot Dogs, Detroit, MI
  • Dressings: Chadalee Farms, Lowell, MI
  • Vending: Karr’s Nuts, Detroit, MI
  • Concessions: Grand Rapids Popcorn
  • Dairy: Country Dairy, Cedar Crest Dairy, New Era, MI, Hudsonville, MI
  • Engrained uses a variety of local vendors; look for more information on the digital menus inside this restaurant.


Venders that Campus Dining uses within 250 miles.

Page last modified March 21, 2022