Sustainability

With an eye on the future, the Union continuously works to make sustainability a priority at K-State. This commitment to make the Union as eco-friendly as possible is reflected in our daily operations, as well as the opportunities we provide to students to make greener decisions on campus. 

Recycling

The Union recycles a variety of materials, including:

  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Batteries
  • Ink cartridges
  • Light bulbs
  • Copy paper
  • Cooking oil
  • Aluminum cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Magazines

Energy Efficiency

Fluorescent light bulbs and motion-sensor light switches are used where possible, and the Union also has a control system to efficiently control heating and cooling throughout the building. The restrooms feature automatic hand-washing stations that encourage less waste production while conserving energy.

Food Waste

Union Food Service composts food waste generated in the building. Approximately 110 gallons are composted three times a week. Leftover cooking oil is used to create biodiesel at the K-State Biodiesel Initiative for use in K-State diesel trucks and landscaping equipment.

Sustainable Products

The Union uses several different environmentally friendly products like biodegradable to-go boxes and plates, as well as recycled napkins. The Union also uses Enviro-Care carpet cleaner and bio-friendly hand soap, floor restorer and disinfectant.

Water Bottle Filling Stations

The water bottle filling stations provides quick, clean and green hydration. The filling stations are a convenient way to supply rapid water fill and minimize plastic bottle waste. The fill rate is three times faster than a traditional drinking fountain and utilizes an electronic touch sensor for sanitation. The filling stations also count the quantity of plastic bottles saved from landfills.

Bicycle Repair Station

Riding your bike on campus has never been easier. The Union offers all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance at the bicycle repair station. Campus bikers are able to do anything from change flat tires to adjust breaks. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allow the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. The public repair device accommodates most bike types and is ADA compliant.