March 4, 2010

BYOC to save green

by Erin Rosacker

ISU Dining is making it easier for customers to save money and the environment. Beginning March 8, you can save 35 cents on beverage purchases just by bringing your own cup.

A discount program for patrons using ISU Dining tumblers has been in place for a few years, but this new initiative also allows customers to bring in their own beverage containers. The 35-cent discount is available at all retail locations on fountain drinks and hot beverages. This excludes the residential dining centers, where one price covers the cost of meals and drinks.

"We're now taking it to the next level," said Nancy Levandowski, director of ISU Dining. "We want this to be something that's easy for our customers and becomes a habit for all of us."

Last fall, a campus trash sort revealed that ISU coffee cups topped the list of discarded items. ISU Dining estimated that more than 400,000 cups -- about six tons of waste -- were used and thrown away from July 2008 to June 2009.