We work together to continually develop and implement sustainable solutions. Through Green Thread, our environmental sustainability platform, we bring innovative and efficient solutions to life. We are passionately focused on reducing the environmental impact within our operations. 

Here are just a few ways we work to make our campus more environmentally conscious:

Local Purchasing


Did you know Dining Services sources food from many local farmers, growers and distributors? The list changes throughout the year depending on seasonality and availability. However, here is a sampling of a few of our partners:

  • Crown Orchard
  • Mountain View Orchards
  • Andrew Farming Company
  • The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg

Fryer Oil Recycling

One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled.

Green Box Program

Green Box Program

Our to-go boxes are not only sustainable, but they're now bigger and can hold hot foods! See a D-Hall cashier to use your lancer cash or bonus dollars for your initial, one-time $5 purchase to get access to use these throughout the entirety of the semester at Longwood. Be sure to stop by our Welcome Back event located at Brock Commons on August 22nd, 2023 for your FREE reusable utensil kit!


"So how does the Green Box Program work exactly?"

Once you make the initial one-time $5 Green Box purchase with our cashier, simply fill it up and take it with you to your dorm or apartment to enjoy. When you're ready for another to-go meal from the Dining Hall, bring your container back to us in exchange for a new one! We will take the necessary measures to properly disinfect, clean, and sanitize these Green Boxes. Then you simply repeat the process each time you want to bring food out of D-Hall. Should you not bring your container back to us, you will be charged another $5. 

"Can you explain the reusable utensil kit?"

There is only one way to obtain your free reusable utensil kit, you must visit our Welcome Back event located at Brock Commons on August 22nd, 2023. These do not have to be returned to us, you keep these in your dorm or apartment and use them whenever you need them. Easy peasy!


"Who do I contact if I have questions about the to-go boxes or utensils?"

You can always reach out to the Longwood Dining office, we're here to help! Please visit the "Contact Us" tab above.