Aztec Shops' SDSU Dining is committed to sustainability. As part of this commitment, SDSU Dining has forged an ongoing partnership with the Green Restaurant Association (GRA).
In 2015, SDSU Dining became the first campus to require all of its tenants to meet the GRA's Certified Green Restaurant® environmental standards. That same year, it led all campuses with the most stadiums / arenas with Certified Green Restaurants®
As of 2016, 23 SDSU foodservice entities have met the 2 Star Certified Green Restaurant® standards and have implemented a total of 841 environmental steps from categories including as energy, food, waste, and water. These numbers are projected to increase each year as SDSU Dining works towards its certification requirement for all campus foodservice locations.
The Aztec Shops "Campus Grown" campaign works to grow fresh produce on campus to use for their dining facilities. Aztec Shops has twenty plots in the community gardens and two gardens at the Faculty Staff Club that are used in foodservice locations around campus. In addition, they have twenty aeroponic towers and seedling tables on The Garden patio at Cuicacalli.
Aztecs Rock Hunger is an annual event that collects food from the campus community and donates them to a local food bank. Each year, SDSU donations hundreds of thousands pounds gets donated to the food insecure.
In 2016, Associated Students launched a campaign to combat food insecurity. A mobile food truck is available on during the Farmers Market for students in need. The A.S. No Waste program also provides leftover event food to students. Sign up to get updates about available food.
Associated Students is a partner of the College Area Community Garden, by the Children’s Center. Anyone can rent plots; Aztec Shops, GreenLove, and the Enviro-Business Society all have plots. A small pilot composting facility is hosted by the Community Garden. Compostables from the Children’s Center and certain Associated Student events end up turning into compost right on campus.
BrightSide Produce is a student-driven, social venture with a sustainable distribution model designed to eliminate food insecurity in underserved neighborhoods while bridging communities through people and produce.
BrightSide provides a service that increases the accessibility, availability, and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables by serving as a produce distributor that reaches food insecure customers in underserved and university communities.
BrightSide is a program of the Center for Regional Sustainability.