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Fruit and Salad Bar
Spring Spotlight Dining Promotion—only $7.50

Enjoy your meals in any campus dining hall for only $7.50 (plus tax)
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Local and Organic Tasting Fair
4th Annual Local & Organic Tasting Fair

Wednesday, April 23rd
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Cowell/Stevenson Dining Hall
Cowell/Stevenson Dining Hall Closing Early

Saturday, April 26th
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Slug Club Sale
Slug Club Card Spring Sale! Only $7.50

March 31-April 21, 2014
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Terra Fresca Lunch Club Card

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Aquaponics in Watsonville

Aquaponics Supplies UCSC with Beautiful Produce

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Sustainability, Social Responsibility, and Community Partnership

UC Santa Cruz Dining takes our commitment to being sustainable seriously. All UC Santa Cruz Dining locations have been awarded the Green Business certification by the City of Santa Cruz. We believe a successful business is dependent on a healthy environment and we are actively working to show our environmental responsibility. Come join us on our journey toward a greener campus.


Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification logo
UCSC Receives Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification
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Buy Fresh, Buy Local logo
Buy Fresh, Buy Local: buying foods locally means that they get to campus fresh and with less impact on the environment than foods that are transported long distances.
   
UCSC Farm logo
UCSC Farm: the 25-acre farm on campus provides our kitchens with seasonal, organic produce.
   
Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program logo
All of the UC Santa Cruz Dining locations have been awarded the Green Business certification by the City of Santa Cruz. We believe a successful business is dependent on a healthy environment and we are actively working to show our environmental responsibility.
   
Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association logo
Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA): ALBA Organics connects its customers with the highest-quality produce available locally and in season, and offers the opportunity to support small-scale, limited-resource farmers.
   
Community Agroecology Network (CAN) Coffee Program logo
Community Agroecology Network (CAN) Coffee Program: Fair Trade Direct means more money back to the farmers and growers where the coffee is harvested. This pioneering program of campus interns and coffee growers was the start of UC Santa Cruz’s involvement in sustainable food systems. The coffee is robust, rich, and roasted locally. Students prefer this brew over any other brand we have offered. It’s available at the dining halls, Perk Coffee Bars, and Terra Fresca restaurant.
   
Zero Waste Event logo
Waste Reduction: Zero Waste events are held throughout the year to bring attention to minimizing our cabon footprint. Uneaten food scraps are collected at dining halls during “waste audits” to help raise awareness about this growing concern. Through friendly competitions, students learn what factors create waste and how to reduce them. Not sure if you will like something? Ask for a sample first… take what you like, but eat what you take.
   
Trayless dining helps reduce water consumption on campus
“Trayless” dining: in 2008 the trays were removed from the dining halls, which has resulted in reducing overall waste by 35%, as well as reducing cleaning water usage by 1,000,000 gallons per year.
   
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Composting: our composting partnership with Santa Cruz County helps us divert 50 tons per month of food scraps from the landfill and turns it into nutrient-rich compost which is used to replenish the soil and grow more produce. Compostable paper products are used throughout our dining operations. See graph (PDF)