Sustainability Practices at DHS

Dining and Hospitality Services is committed to making well-thought out, strategic choices in purchasing and operational decision-making with the goal of not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  

These are some of the highlights of how we operate:  

*COVID-19 Operational Changes- some sustainability practices may be altered or postponed for the health and safety of the UCCS campus community.  


  • Cage-free Shell eggs
  • Organic salad greens and spinach When available
  • Local Coffee Roasters- Dazbog
  • Antibiotic-free chicken from Red Bird and Coleman
  • ABF Beef from Boulder Beef
  • No Preservative and Whole Muscle Deli Meat from Boar's Head
  • Produce is Sourced From Local Farms First
  • rBGH freeDairy from Meadow Gold Dairy
  • Bread from Harvest Moon Bakery
  • 100% of Clyde’s Beers and Wine are Crafted in Colorado
  • Small local producers like Rocky Mountain Soda, BoBo Bars, Haystack Mountain Cheese Company, Two Leaves Tea Company, Teatulia Tea, Boulder Chips, Chocolove  

Cleaning, Dishware, and Eco-Friendly Incentives         

  • Residential dining halls are tray-less ·        
  • Compostable wares for Retail and Catering*  ·        
  • No Styrofoam ·        
  • Elimination of plain bottled water and installation of bottle faucets*
  • Green chemicals from Ecolab  

Food Composting and Diversion

  • All dining operations compost pre and post-consumer waste, either on-campus or through commercial operators.    
  • Food waste audits are conducted on an ongoing basis in Residential Dining*     
  • Perishable food is donated to the Colorado Springs Food Rescue. Much of the food is delivered by volunteers to a variety of local organizations utilizing bike trailers.
  • Catering Compost is used at the UCCS Farm 
  • Coffee grounds are composted at the UCCS Farm  


  • Our Roaring Fork Dining Hall will be certified LEED Gold.
  • New equipment or updates include smart hood systems, Energy Star appliances, and LED and motion-sensor lighting.  


  • Recycle all materials such as cans, cardboard, plastics (1-7) and glass.     

We work with Front-Range Grease to recycle fryer oil.    DHS supports the Colorado Springs community by donating unconsumed food to the Colorado Springs Food Rescue. The Rescue delivers food to one of 50 organizations and groups they serve, including shelters, low-income elderly housing, low-income working families, and school food programs. Learn more about the great work the Rescue does at Learn more about other UCCS Services and how they are connected to Dining and Hospitality Services.