Bowling Green State University

Getting Greener

At BGSU Dining, associates practice pre-consumer composting, recycling, conserving resources and reducing waste. Team members work closely with the community to accomplish this through a variety of innovative programs.

One example is using an Urban Cultivator to help create “microgreens,” used in plant-based recipes at Chartwells’ all-vegan-friendly location, Shoots. Another example is employing a dual-purpose Green Roof at the Oaks Dining Center. This Green Roof replaces a conventional roof with a variety of plants, providing environmental and economic benefits. It adds a sustainable feature to the building and also educates the BGSU community.

When the weather warms up, the BGSU Office of Sustainability and Environmental Sciences Department provide tours. In addition to the Green Roof, BGSU Dining has Emeco 111 Navy Chairs in many locations throughout campus. These chairs are comprised of 111 recycled Coca-Cola bottles, making them truly sustainable seating.

Along with efforts already in place, BGSU Dining will soon hire its first “student sustainability coordinator” to help enlighten peers and support ongoing initiatives.