We work together to continually develop and implement sustainable solutions. Through Green Thread, our environmental sustainability platform, we bring innovative and efficient solutions to life. We are passionately focused on reducing the environmental impact within our operations. 

Here are just a few ways we work to make our campus more environmentally conscious:

Local Purchasing


Did you know Dining Services sources food from many local farmers, growers and distributors? The list changes throughout the year depending on seasonality and availability. However, here is a sampling of a few of our partners:

  • Grasmick Produce located in Boise, Idaho
  • Sysco Wholesale Company located in Boise, Idaho
  • Symms Fruit Ranch located in Sunnyslope, Idaho
  • Owyhee Produce located in Parma, Idaho
  • Champion Produce located in Parma, Idaho
  • Henggeler Packing located in Fruitland, Idaho
  • Potandon Produce located in Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Wada Farms located in Blackfoot, Idaho
  • Pleasant Valley Potato located in Aberdeen, Idaho

Food Donations

We partner with Food Donation Connection to donate surplus food to our local homeless shelter, Boise Rescue Mission.


Dining Services partners with campus to recycle from all dining locations across campus. We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. Look for signs in our locations for information on where to put your recyclables.

Trayless Dining

Did you know Dining Services has been trayless since 2009? By dining trayless, you have helped positively impact the waste stream. Dining trayless minimizes food waste, conserves energy and water, and reduces the amount of cleaning chemicals entering the waste stream.


Boise State University launched the convenient to-go reusable box. Students can use the container to fill with their favorite meal from the Boise River Cafe or South Fork Market. Last year, thanks to this program, Boise State was able to save over 50,000 single use to-go boxes.

Fryer Oil Recycling

One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled by Boise Bio-Diesel and is redistributed for multiple uses.

Hydration Stations

Dining Services offers several hydration stations throughout campus. Use the filtered water stations to refresh and refuel while helping to impact your carbon footprint. 

Green Cleaning

All dining locations are committed to using Ecolab daily cleaning products in our operations to reduce the need for chemical based cleaning products and provide a healthy and safe learning environment.

Energy & Water Conservation

We train our employees each semester on common energy and water conservation practices in order to conserve precious natural resources.