Purchasing Locally and Responsibly
We purchase locally and organically. Our coffee and espresso comes local from Jones Coffee Roaster. All produce is purchased locally from Produce Services of LA and Charlie's Produce
Aeroponic Rooftop Garden
Our tower garden is a nearly-closed system with minimal resource inputs. It's organic and pesticide-free and has the ability to grow based on seasonality and over 1300 plants at one time. Produce finds its way into many of our daily dishes.
Sustainable to-go Containers and Straw-free Campus
CDS uses to-go containers made from bio renewable pulp content 100% sugar cane pulp. It's 100% recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable. CDS has also replaced straws with straw-less lids
Facility Energy Reduction
A recently installed dishwasher at Chandler Cafe has drastically reduced our water waste and integrated low energy advancements and the lowest amp load. Cardboard from shipping and packaging is also recycled through Caltech's Central Plant.
Scratch Cooking and Cooking Classes
Menus are written every week by our team of chefs which allows us to provide a diverse offering of dishes. This also allows us to apply student feedback to our dishes, gives Chefs a creative outlet, and promotes the use of fresh ingredients vs. prefabricated/frozen products. Our Special Meals Program gives us the ability to accommodate a wider population of students. Caltech chefs throughout the year offer classes to students on sustainable cooking covering a wide-array of topics.
Reusable Cup Program
The reusable cup program is available for any drink. With the program, students, staff, and faculty can get a 25-cent discount!