University Dining Services


The energy and water we consume doesn't come from infinite resources. That’s why University Dining Services works to implement programs and practices that save precious resources at the University of Minnesota.

APEX Warewashing Program

UDS utilizes an innovative warewashing system for cleaning dishware, glassware and utensils. The Apex program saves 12,740 gallons of water and 6,497 kWh of energy per year, while limiting the amount of packaging sent into the waste stream. 

Energy & Water Conservation Program

UDS has put into practice many conservation programs in dining locations on campus to utilize energy and water resources more efficiently including an off-hours lighting program, energy optimization for cooking, energy curtailment during break periods, water reduction methods, appliance inspections and conservation training for employees.

Tray-Less Dining

UDS is tray-less in all residential dining locations. Tray-less dining conserves water and energy used to wash trays and reduces the amount of chemical rinse aids used. Additionally, tray-less dining promotes healthier eating by reducing over consumption and food waste.

Summer Curtailment Program

UDS has an energy curtailment program to decrease the use of energy during summer months. This program includes shutting down all water and power to ice machines, booster heaters, coffee brewers, espresso machines, soda fountain machines, and juice/tea dispensers not in use. Steam-fed equipment such as steam jacketed kettles and steamers are also powered off.

In an effort to save more energy, product is consolidated in walk-in/reach-in coolers and freezers. Those not in use are shut down completely. Exhaust and condensate hoods are also powered off.

Fuel Efficient Vehicle Replacement

University Dining Services has contributed to the University’s efforts by replacing one of its operational vehicles with a hybrid model. New EPA estimated gas mileage for this vehicle is 45 mpg city/ 40 mpg highway in comparison to current vehicle which has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 23 mpg city / 31 mpg highway.


UDS Green Tip

Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.