UMass Lowell works closely with its dining partners to develop and implement sustainable solutions for the dietary needs of an expanding campus population. University Dining Services sources food from many local farmers, growers and distributors with a revolving list of suppliers throughout the year depending on seasonality and availability. The following areas have seen major improvements over the last year:
Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) Food and Beverage Purchasing
Dining Services sustainability efforts include: recycling, fryer oil recycling, trayless dining (since 2007), hydration stations (filtered water) throughout campus, 100% recycled content office and copy paper in all dining locations, green cleaning products, and training in energy and water conservation practices.
Percentage of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending services, and concessions food and beverage purchases that are local and community-based and/or third party verified: 33
33% of all purchases are local or community-based as estimated by ARAMARK. Food and beverage purchase data from ARAMARK includes all purchases including Dining Services, on-site franchises, convenience stores and concessions.
University Dining Services: provide food, facilities, and uniforms
UMass Lowell Dining Services offers "Meatless Mondays," "Farmer's Market" meal option, an extensive salad bar, and a mobile app identifying daily menu identifying vegetarian and vegan options.