• Emerald Casto

Just How ‘Green’ is UNF Dining?

Did you know that the Osprey Cafe is the only 3-star green-certified restaurant in the state of Florida?! Get the inside scoop and learn just how UNF is reducing its footprint on our local environment.

Well, for starters you are probably wondering: what does a Green Restaurant Association ‘Green Star’ certification mean? This is an earned certification given to establishments across the state that have multiple efforts to join the sustainability movements. Some of the sustainability efforts include less water use, reusable plates, eliminating tray use, and recycling. The Osprey Cafe and all of the dining locations on campus have made several changes over the last few years that not only help to eliminate waste but ensure our students, faculty, and guests all have healthier options to choose from. Dining Services offer eco-friendly, reusable to-go boxes that help reduce the footprint left on the environment. More information on the Green Star certification can be found here.

On Wednesday, February 26th from 10 am to 2 pm there will be a sustainability-centered Market Day and all campus partners currently promoting green efforts will be there! The event is hosted by the Sustainability Committee on campus and aims to raise awareness of the campus's efforts. UNF Dining services will be selling their reusable bottles, metal straws, reusable tote bags, and be highlighting their main initiatives. Be sure to stop by for a chance to score some green products right here on campus! Yemila Lowry, Osprey Dietitian will be there to address any sustainability or plant-based diet questions.

Did you know that many consider a Plant-Based diet to be more eco-friendly? Many believe that consuming whole plant-based foods can help reduce the carbon footprint left on the environment. Again, reinforcing their efforts to go green Yemila has made a Plant-Based Option on Campus brochure just for you! Whether you are a vegetarian, a vegan, or a flexitarian just interested in lighter options, then the Café is the next stop for you. Be on the lookout for vegetable paella, eggplant Pomodoro, or jackfruit pulled pork sandwiches. Be sure to stop by the market day or the café to pick up your very own brochure that gives you options at just about every dining location on campus.

Lastly, National ‘Skip the Straw day’ is February 28th and is a nationwide mission to eliminate straw waste and promote ocean conversation. Skip the straw initiative has helped to reduce some of the 9 million straws used by Americans per year. This reduces plastic waste and gives relief to our oceans that have harmful objects floating around in them harming natural wildlife. Most dining locations are either strawless, have paper straws, or sell metal straws that are made with eco-friendly ingredients! Be sure to check them out, it is the perfect addition to your backpack needs.

As always Ospreys, Stay Healthy and stay tuned for what’s next on the blog.


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