Our Priorities and Practices

When it comes to reducing our environmental impact, we’re focusing on addressing climate change. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is our top priority. We place special emphasis on sourcing responsibly, operating efficiently, minimizing food waste and reducing packaging. 

Green Thread® represents our ongoing commitment to reducing our environmental impact through programs and practices that enrich and support the natural environment. 

Through everyday actions, we bring innovative and efficient solutions to life. We are passionately focused on improving our own operations, while offering expertise and practical solutions. But we don't stop there. We measure our impact and hold ourselves accountable to continuously improve.


Responsible Sourcing

Resourcing
We also partner with Auburn Foods; foods grown by the Auburn family for the Auburn Family. Click the image to learn more.
Auburn Foods

Minimize Food Waste

Minimize Food Waste

We reduce food waste across our operations with the dual goals of conserving resources and keeping food out of landfills. Our practices include back of house operational practices to reduce waste before it’s generated, programs to help consumers decrease food waste, feeding those in need during instances of excess safe, unserved food, and finally implementing composting programs wherever possible. 



Operate Efficiently

Operate Efficiently
We implement practices to conserve natural resources and reduce our environmental footprint. Fueled by the understanding that our day-to-day actions have an impact, we work closely with our clients to conserve energy and water. We also minimize our use of fossil fuels and emissions across our fleet of vehicles.

Reduce Packaging

Reduce Packaging

We minimize our waste by reducing, reusing and recycling. Across our operations, we have established practices from initial purchase to final waste disposal that decrease the overall cost of waste both environmentally and financially. We place special emphasis on reducing single-use plastics – skipping straws and stirrers across our operations is just the beginning.

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What We're Doing on Campus

We work together to continually develop and implement sustainable solutions.


Community Garden

The Auburn University Community Garden (AUCG) is maintained as an educational and community service to Auburn University. We are located on West Samford Avenue just past Wire Road and across from the Facilities complex, a short walk or bicycle ride from the center of campus. Individual plots of varying size are available to rent for a nominal fee each year. All Auburn/Opelika residents are eligible to rent a plot, including students, faculty, and community members. Our gardeners grow everything from herbs, fruits, and vegetables, to pollinator host plants, flowers, and other ornamental plants. School groups, university classes, and other groups also use the garden as an educational resource.

Our purpose is simple - to make a positive impact on people and planet. Our sustainability plan starts with people. People are at the center of everything we do and so we’re focused on equity and wellbeing of our employees and consumers, the people in the communities where we live and work, as well as the people in our supply chain. We also focus on the wellbeing of our planet by minimizing environmental impact across all of our operations, from the foods we serve and facilities we operate to the vehicles we drive. Learn about how our sustainability plan comes to life