PETA scored Shippensburg an A for our Dining Hall Menu      and Vegan Options!

Ship Dining Services was also recognized by the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium as a 2014 Pennsylvania Campus Sustainability Champion!

Supporting Local Farms:

Chartwells purchases seasonal produce from the following Pennsylvania Farms:


Environmental Fun Facts:

1. The dining halls partake in single stream recycling of cardboard, aluminum plastic and glass. 

2. Coffee grounds have been donated for composting at the organic campus farm.

3. Energy Star efficient Appliances power the dining halls.

4. All whole eggs served are cage-free. 

5. Farmer Brothers 100% Free-trade coffee is served at Reisner and Kriner from Central America. Starbucks has one free-trade coffee every day. Mosaic LOCAL brand coffee is sold at the C-store in the CUB.

6. Antibiotic Free meat: all beef, pork, poultry are not automatically given antibiotics-only if the animal is unhealthy.

7. All dining hall milk is 100% antibiotic-free 

8. Fryer-Oil in dining halls are transformed into Biodiesel! All used oil is collected for Professor Ben Culbertson in the Art Department and15% of sludge is converted and used to heat kilns. Oil from the CUB is recycled through an outside source.

10. The Reisner Solar Power Panel heats hot water for the dishwashing machines.

11. Dining Services volunteers hours to the Campus Community Garden and Campus Organic Farm.

Earth Day Solar Cookout:

Since 2013, Dining Services has organized a solar cooking expo at Environmental Club's Earth Day Celebration, which included a bicycle-powered smoothie maker last year!


Project Clean Plate:


Project Clean Plate is dedicated to reducing waste, conserving energy, and educating students about exercising portion control in Kriner and Reisner Dining Halls.

Ship Dining challenges all dining guests to participate in Project Clean Plate by selecting an amount of food appropriate to their hunger level. Twice a year (about 16 times to date) a 10% drop has occured, which is about 1.6lbs per student. MSA feed a friend program receives the $2300 dollars saved.

Trayless Dining:

Since 2009, the "Go Trayless" program has decreased the amount of wasted water and food going into landfills, reduced chemical usage (detergents, rinse and drying agents) for washing trays and has conserved energy by eliminating the need for heated water in the washing process. Going trayless has also raised awareness of healthier eating habits by encouraging customers to take less food overall, combating what Cornell University researcher Brian Wansink calls "mindless eating;" taking enough food to simply fill your plate, even if you aren't hungry or know better. 


Ship saves over 700 gallons of water per day by being tray-less! 

Other Programs:

Refillable To-go Program: reduces disposables at the CUB by selling $5 one-time purchase to-go containers. Use these containers in Reisner for your meals! Fill up and leave, pay for meal, bring back the container, clean or dirty. Planning to expand to Kriner and Century Café.

Sustainable disposables: made in USA 

Balanced U Sustainability offers a refillable mug program that gives customers a discount on coffee and soda refills while protecting the environment by reducing the amount of disposables utilized on campus.  Purchase your Ship Dining Water Bottle at all retail locations for only $5.

STEPS Program:

The packaging choices that we make today have a significant impact on our environment and our community.  The Steps Renewable Packaging Solutions program addresses a fast-growing movement away from petroleum based packaging and offers our customers products made from plant-based, renewable materials that also offer more recovery options to help reduce waste.  Look for STEPS packaging at retail locations and with our Outtakes grab & go items, Made in USA

Food Recovery:

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A group of social work majors have started a food recovery chapter at S.U. This is a new program since spring 2014 and has diverted over 200 pounds of food from Reisner Dining Hall! This food, which would have otherwise rotted in a landfill, was packed and transported to a local church which supplies free dinners to support food insecure residents.

Contact ml9827@ship.edu Morgan Livingston, for more information on the program, or to volunteer!