Food and dining at UNC Charlotte are large operations critical to the wellbeing of the campus community. Campus residents, commuters and visitors expect choice, quality and nutrition. Increasingly, the campus community desires lower impacts to the environment and ways to address hunger on campus and in Charlotte.
CERTIFIED GREEN RESTAURANTS
In 2019 the two largest dining facilities on campus were certified by the Green Restaurant Association. The project to certify these restaurants was a collaboration between student funding from the Charlotte Green Initiative, Chartwells staff and a graduate student project. Both the South Village (SoVi) Dining Hall and Crown Commons were awarded a 3-Star rating on a comprehensive assessment of over 100 dimensions of responsible food sourcing, nutritional diversity, waste reduction and conservation of energy and water. Highlights include being styrofoam-free, composting or recycling 90% of waste created and over 40% of the main dishes are vegetarian.
SoVi is also distinguished for earning Three Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative for design and construction in 2014.
Chartwells is the dining contractor for dining operations on campus. Their corporate goals include creating a more sustainable food system and a healthier planet for future generations. Chartwells also maintains several other initiatives/accreditations to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our community. For more information, see their sustainability website for campus dining.
The Jamil Niner Student Pantry continues the services started in 2014 to provide assistance to UNC Charlotte students facing food insecurity. They work with volunteers and donors to provide food and to educate the campus and community about food insecurity, human dignity and well-being. The pantry collaborates with Dining Services and Chartwells on a Food Recycling Program to package, store and distribute excess food from the dining halls. They also support a Meal Swipes program that accepts donations from students on meal plans and distributes the dining hall meal credit to students in need.
All occupied university buildings have water fountains to provide staff and students with ensure access to safe drinking water at no cost. Of the over 500 water fountains on campus, over 100 have been upgraded to include hands-free water bottle fillers. Bottle Fillers are available in academic buildings, all residence halls, and recreational facilities.