HFS partnering with more local businesses in the hope of carrying more sustainable products

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HFS partnering with more local businesses in the hope of carrying more sustainable products

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March 10, 2011

Theo chocolate from Fremont, Coca-Cola bottles in Bellevue and tofu made on Whidbey Island: UW Housing and Food Services (HFS) is looking to become greener by striving for 100 percent sustainability for their campus products by purchasing from local vendors.

After analyzing the products it carries and rating itself on sustainable practices compared with other universities, HFS found that a lot of what it carried wasn’t as sustainable as it could be. To increase its options, HFS has been partnering with local artisans and food and beverage providers to provide more local, natural, and organic products at its locations.

Michael Meyering, HFS vending manager, said sustainability — which delivers a fresher product employed by people in the local area and fosters closer relationships with vendors — was mostly driven by student requests for composting facilities and a high demand for buying locally.
 

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