UCen Dining Services has participated on the Campus Sustainability committee since 2001. We are committed to making changes in the way we provide food services in order to contribute positively to the environment. We offer many organic, partially organic, Fair Trade, natural, and locally grown or sourced products in all of our units. All of our pre and post consumer waste in the UCen is composted; our units around campus also contribute to pre-consumer composting. The majority of our coffee grounds are used by the Landscape and Grounds crew on campus to provide nitrogen to the soil and plants. We are proud of root 217, our first fully sustainable food unit, for being awarded the Best Practices Award for 2012 in Colleges and Universities for their contribution to sustainable architecture and food service.