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 over 50 local farmers, growers and distributors from Pennsylvania and New Jersey? The list changes throughout the year depending on seasonality and availability. However, here is a sampling of a few of our partners:

  • Ambrogi
  • Rockland Bakery
  • Philly Pretzel Company
  • Sysco
  • York Street Market
  • Amoroso's
  • Wawa


Dining Services partners with campus to recycle Waste Management 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 2012? 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.

Green Cleaning

All dining locations are committed to using daily green 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.

The Common Market


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Knowing your local farmer sure has its perks. Trust, traceability and first picks of freshly ripened, nutritious foods.  Here at La Salle University, we utilize The Common Market to bring students the freshest local ingredients.

The Common Market is a mission-driven distributor of regional farm products. Since 2018, we’ve partnered with their extensive network of local farmers to handle the distribution of their products — ensuring you get easy access to some of the best foods our region has to offer.

Plant Forward


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Trends and consumer insights show plant based menus and plant forward diets on the rise sparking culinary creativity to make plants the star of the show on a consumer’s plate. A plant forward diet emphasizes the importance of incorporating more plant based foods in your diet such as vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, pulses (beans and lentils), nuts and seeds. Plant based foods are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, proteins and other phytonutrients which are important to good health. Not only are plant forward diets good for you, but they are also good for the Earth.  Environmental benefits of eating a plant forward diet typically include a smaller demand on natural resources to produce plants and a lower overall carbon footprint when compared to animal production.  At La Salle, you’ll find our signature Plant Forward menu items at both residential dining halls, including an entire station dedicated solely to plant based protein alternatives.