Campus Initiatives

Our Local Partners

Your Hospitality Services at Rensselaer Dining Team is committed to increasing local sourcing from New York business partners to drive the economic development of the communities where we do business.We proudly purchase products from over 1400 local farms to feed students and guests in the same state.

Reusable Mug Program

Every student on a dining plan recieves a reusable mug at the beginning of the year! Given out during move in days this mug allows for a discounted purchase of beverages at our retail locations and for students to leave the residentail dining halls with a drink! If you are on a meal plan and missed out on your mug be sure to pick it up at Simple to go in Russell Sage Dining Hall.

Tower Gardens

In the Commons Dining Hall we have the Tower Garden which grows it’s own Basil, Swiss Chard, Bib Lettuce, and Cherry Tomatoes to be used in the Commons as ingredients in the recipes. Students see the veggies sprout and grow every day right before their eyes.

Terra Cafe

The Terra Café is a special once a week café that takes over the Evelyn's Cafe every Wednesday. Partnering with Hospitality Services at Rensselaer the Terra Cafe aims to give students a unique lunch experience. The focus of the Terra Café is serving meals made entirely of local and organic ingredients. It exposes students to foods that are healthy, and that are also beneficial to the environment and local economies.