Food & Procurement

Food & Procurement

Sustainable Procurement

The CSU Chancellor’s Office addresses procurement in its Sustainability Policy as follows:

  • Promote the use of environmentally preferred vendors. Use recycled/reusable/refillable products.
  • Move toward Zero Waste. Reduce or use recycled packaging. Participate in the Cal Recycle “Buy Recycled” program.
  • Report on all recycled content product categories and improve tracking and reporting procedures. 

CSUDH also participates in the CSU's Sustainable Auto-Sub Program, which automatically replaces cart items purchased through the Staples Business Advantage program with green alternatives. 

The CSU system has a Single Use Plastic Policy which eliminates the purchase of plastic straws and bags effective January 1, 2019 and aims to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles by January 1, 2023. Read policy details here [PDF].

What You Can Do:

  • Planning an event on campus? Make sure you consult our Green Event Checklist [PDF] to make sure you're requesting the most eco-friendly options and supplies. Adopting four points or more of our suggested measures? Register your event and get certified to earn a free Green Event logo to support your marketing. 
  • When making purchases, select items that are reusable, are composed of recycled-content or sustainable materials, and/or have 3rd party environmental certifications. 
  • Save money and the environment by buying second-hand, at thrift stores, etc., or by simply asking around to see if anyone else is trying to give away what you need. Consult our CSUDH Furniture Recycling Guide [PDF] on how to do this on campus. 
  • Take Back the Tap! Fill up at hydrations stations on campus instead of buying single-use plastic water bottles. Share our Take Back the Tap flyer [PDF] to support this initiative.

In addition to these recommendations, check out the “Reduce” section of our Waste Management page for information on our office furniture sharing program, ergonomic office chair loaner program, and more!

Sustainable Food Initiatives

View our CSUDH Sustainable Food System Infographic [PDF].

  • CSUDH is a formally recognized chapter of the national Food Recovery Network. Student volunteers from the Sustainability Club make weekly pickups from Campus Dining to collect any extra food that can’t be sold and distributes it to the campus food pantries. That way, the campus can reduce food waste while getting free food to those who need it most!

  • The Campus Urban Farm makes weekly deliveries to Campus Dining to ensure campus-grown produce makes it into campus dishes. Produce is also donated to campus food pantries to ensure our in-need students have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • The Office of Sustainability is a co-sponsor of the weekly CSUDH Farmers Market held on Tuesdays on the South Walkway. By supporting the market, the campus can help address food desert issues affecting our local community, support local businesses, and increase community access to sustainably farmed food. The market also provides valuable EBT services as well as a Market Match benefit which doubles the value of EBT dollars spent at the market!
    • While instruction is virtual, the Farmers Market is providing a pull-up Pantry Market in Parking Lot 1 every other Thursday in conjunction with Basic Needs distribution events that accepts EBT, EBT Pandemic, WIC, Venmo, and all major credit cards. Get the Pantry Market details here [PDF].

Would you like to donate fresh Farmer's Market produce directly to students in need? Purchase a Toro Pantry box! Find out how to donate [PDF].

CSUDH Pathwater Bottle

Reusable Water Bottle Ordering

In support of the CSU Chancellor’s Office Single Use Plastics Policy, CSUDH has phased out all single-use plastic water bottle purchasing with reusable Pathwater bottles. If you would like to order pre-filled aluminum reusable Pathwater bottles that are co-branded with the CSUDH logo, departments can place an order (by case of 12 bottles) directly with the campus warehouse by e-mailing Dino Hernandez at dhernandez@csudh.edu.

Please include:

  • the quantity of cases you would like
  • the campus location where you would like them delivered
  • and your department chargeback chartfield information

Bottles are $18.60 per case ($1.55 each).


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