bc dining sustainability
BC Dining has a database of sustainable vendor and manufacturer practices, policies, and initiatives to ensure our products come from the most sustainable sources whenever feasible. We partner with local manufacturers to develop programs that allocate rebates to support socially and environmentally responsible community projects and programs.
BC Dining is happy to list a few local organizations who have had an impact on BC and the products that are proudly served to our community.
Boston College Dining Services is dedicated to working with student and university groups and local partners to support sustainability initiatives across campus.
Regional and Sustainable Vendors
JP Sullivan Farms: Ayer, MA
- JP Sullivan Ayer is a local apple distributor based in Ayer, MA with a sales branch in Sanford, ME. The family-owned business has provided local New England and Eastern New York apples since 1925. Edward J. O’Neill and sons supply popular Northeastern varieties including McIntosh, Cortland, Empire as well as specialty varieties including Jonamacs, Honeycrisp, and Macoun.
Lookout Farm: Nattick, MA
- Lookout Farm dates all the way back to the year 1651, making it not only a key part of Natick’s history, but also one of the oldest operating farms in the country. Founded by Minister John Eliot and a group of settlers, the farm has only been operated by eight different families in its more than 300 years of existence. The current owners, Steve and Joan Belkin, purchased the farm in 2005, and have worked to maintain its important presence in the community ever since. Lookout Farm focuses on being a place where families can pick their own fruit and learn about healthy living. The farm seasonally grows strawberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, asian pears, pumpkins, and eleven different types of apples. The Belkins also work to spread their vision of healthy living by hosting an annual benefit dinner to raise money for the Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic, and by helping set up the Boston Medical Center’s Food Pantry.
Costa Fruit and Produce: Chelsea, MA
- As a leader and specialist in the produce industry, Costa has supported local farmers in the utilization of sustainable and organic farming methods throughout New England. Boston College dining services is proud to partner with Costa Fruit & Produce to bring a “Farmer’s Market” featuring only local farm produce for five consecutive weeks in September to the beginning of October.
GrandyOats: Western, ME
- GrandyOats makes 100% organic granola, trail mix, roasted nuts, and oatmeal by hand in small bathces in Western Maine. Certified organic by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and certified Kosher, GrandyOats never uses products that contain antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides, or GMOs. After 14 years of working at a smaller facility, GrandyOats has expanded and relocated to the first net zero food production facility in New England. The solar powered facility, which will generate more than 95,000 kWh of clean, renewable energy per year, will not burn any fossil fuels and thereby have zero carbon emissions on annual basis. BC Dining is proud to support GrandyOats and their committment to sustainability at all levels of food production and distribution.
North Coast and Gulf of Maine Research Institute: Boston, MA
- In 2011, North Coast Seafoods signed to be a licensed dealer of Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested seafood products. The ultimate goal of the program is to reward and hence motivate ecological and economic sustainability in the seafood industry by applying an objective, science-based lens in evaluating fish stock and farms. The Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested ® seal signifies that the product was verified by GMRI as responsibly harvested, and was harvested or grown and processed in the Gulf of Maine region.
- Look for these chips on campus. Not only do they taste good, but each flavor benefits a different charity! For more information about Deep River Snacks, visit their website.
Fairly Traded Coffee and Tea
Every college student knows the importance of a good cup of coffee. But where does the coffee that you drink on campus actually come from? While we can't source coffee products regionally, we can ensure that we only buy from companies that guarantee fair living conditions, working conditions and wages for their farmers and only use sustainable farming practices. BC Dining sources coffee from Equal Exchange, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, and New England Coffee, which are all certified Fair Trade companies. With the help of these three vendors, BC has been working to increase the amount of socially responsible coffee available on campus.
- Where can you find it on campus? Offered at all campus dining halls, Hillside Café and On the Fly Mini Marts
- For the past 25 years, Equal Exchange has succeeded in creating mutually beneficial relationships between consumers and farmers, ensuring all products are economically just, environmentally sound, and 100% fairly traded. To protect the rights of farm workers, Equal Exchange has organized a worker-cooperative as an alternative to structures that prioritize profit at the expense of the environment or local community development. Boston College is proud to serve Equal Exchange products that demonstrate award-winning quality while supporting fair and sustainable farming practices.
- Where can you find it on campus? The Chocolate Bar and the Bean Counter
- Since 1966, Peet’s has been committed to providing quality coffee to consumers while supporting the socially, environmentally and economically responsible practices it promotes. Peet’s focuses on building direct, long-term relations with coffee farmers and remains committed to paying prices higher than the certified Fair Trade Certified TM brand price. Furthermore, Peet’s roasts 100% of their coffees in the first LEED Gold certified roasting facility illustrating Peet’s commitment to sustainability from farm to cup.
- Where can you find it on campus? The Ratt (Lyons)
- New England Coffee is the region’s largest independent specialty coffee roaster. Founded in 1916 in Boston, Massachusetts, New England Coffee remains a third-generation family business dedicated to providing local customers with the highest quality coffees, including many certified Fair-Trade and seasonal flavored options. Today, the company is headquartered in Malden, MA: just a 40 minute drive from BC! Stop by the Ratt to grab a cup of this locally roasted (and delicious) coffee soon.