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UC Davis Dining Services is taking a leadership role to protect the environment - sensitivity to environmental issues is an integral component of our day-to-day business practices. Environmental stewardship is critical for preserving clean air, clean water and clean land, and Dining Services is actively researching and implementing practices that reduce our environmental impact.

To ensure stewardship of our environment, Dining Services certified three resident dining commons - Tercero, Cuarto and Segundo Dining Commons - as 'green' businesses through the Sacramento Area Sustainable Business Program in December 2010.


Chemical Use

Currently, University Dining Services uses Apex EcoLab chemicals which meet the following environmental impact goals:

  • Nontoxic to humans when diluted for use
  • Noncombustible and noncorrosive to the skin and eyes
  • Safe for aquatic life when diluted for use
  • Ingredients greater than 100ppm are biodegradable
  • Free of known carcinogens

The APEX system reduces our chemical, energy and water use through its optimization of washing and automated chemical dilution.



Pollution Reduction

In order to decrease pollution, Dining Services has instilled the following practices:

  • 'No Idling' policy for all receiving docks
  • free parking for individuals who carpool to work
  • 100% subsidy for employee bus passes and bicycle licensing
  • promotion of alternative forms of transportation, including promotion of the UC Davis GoClub

Green Business Certification

In order to provide more transparency and legitimacy in our sustainable business operations, UC Davis Dining Services certified Cuarto, Tercero and Segundo Dining Commons as 'green' businesses through the Sacramento Area Sustainable Business Program in December 2010 for the following areas:

Energy Conservation

Solid Waste Reduction

Water Conservation

Green Building

Pollution Prevention

Transportation & Air Quality

View our sustainable performance checklist for our resident dining facilities to understand what makes UC Davis Dining Services a certified sustainable business.

Cuarto Dining Commons


Cuarto Dining Commons was renovated and reopened in fall 2010. It received LEED-CI certification at the gold level by the US Green Building Council.

In order to achieve this certification, the following enhancements were included in the renovation project:

  • Mechanical system improvements
  • Lighting energy use reduction
  • Renewable energy
  • Non-chemical water softening
  • Display boards, electronic displays, and equipment monitoring devices
  • Solar heat recovery system with high-efficiency boilers and pumps
  • Lighting reduction and controls integration
  • Utilization of recycled materials.
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