With more than 32,000 students on campus, VCU Dining Services plays an important role in achieving the university’s sustainability goals. Dining Services primarily emphasizes waste reduction through trayless dining, reusable dishware, eco-friendly packaging and waste awareness campaigns.
Market 810, the main student dining center on the Monroe Park Campus, is a certified Virginia Green facility, as determined by a state-sponsored program that promotes sustainability. Market 810 relies on LED and natural lighting and heats around 50% of the water for the facility with a solar thermal water heater. Restrooms at Market 810 feature motion-sensor, low-flow water taps and provide hand dryers instead of paper towels. The facility purchases food from local farmers and processors, and offers organic, vegan, gluten-free, hormone-free and antibiotic-free food, as well as fair-trade coffee.
VCU Dining sources food from many local farmers, growers and distributors. While this list changes throughout the year depending on availability, this is a sampling of a few of their partners: