Food and Dining
The College has several dining locations on campus including StarBucks, “The Hub”, Terra Ve, and its main dining hall. The College’s food service vendor, Chartwells, has embraced sustainability in its daily operations.
Chartwells sources its food from a variety of local vendors and farms whenever possible, and purchases sustainable protein sources such as eggs and antibiotic free chicken and pork. They are also partners with the Monterey Bay Aquarium to identify sustainable seafood options. The coffee used on our campus is always Fair Trade Certified meaning that the coffee is produced to fair trade standards. These standards ensure that partnerships benefit all parties involved ethically and are based on dialogue, transparency, respect and equity.
They also utilize biodegradable, compostable and eco-friendly utensils and napkins. We are exploring compostable wares as an option to go zero waste in collaboration with the Rocket. To further their waste efforts Chartwells has a reusable to-go container program for the main dining hall. Students can pay a deposit at the beginning of the semester to receive a plastic to-go box that they can return back to D-Hall when finished to receive a cleaned container. They also provide discounts on drinks to promote reusable water bottles and coffee mugs.
In 2016, the College’s Terra Ve restaurant was certified as a Level 1 Certified Green Restaurant. Terra Ve is a vegetarian/vegan restauarant and embraces a variety of sustainable features such as Energy Star appliances and compostable food wares. Chartwells hosts a variety of programs and initiatives to promote environmentalism and sustainability on Purchase College’s campus by participating in Earth Week and partnering with the Sustainability Coordinator.