Purchasing Locally and Responsibly
We purchase locally and organically. Coffee on Caltech's campus is provided by Pasadena's Jones Coffee Roasters. Jones is committed to the traceability of the coffees they roast and to the growers’ sustainable farming practices. It is a belief that socially responsible farms consistently produce better coffee. All produce is purchased locally from Produce Services of LA or is grown on Chandler's rooftop. All tuna served throughout campus is pole & line caught.
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 for 1344 plants at one time. Produce finds its way into many of our daily dishes. Many of our plants grown on the rooftop find their way to catering entrees, Chandler's salad bar, and Red Door's daily dishes. Menus are planned out weeks in advance to coordinate with the growing and harvest of Chandler's Rooftop Garden.
Sustainable to-go Containers and Plastic 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. Paper straws are available upon request.
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.
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!