Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.18
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2012
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STARS v1.1

Columbia University
OP-T2-11: Reusable Mug Discounts

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Kristie Koerner
Associate Manager & Registered Dietician
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Does campus dining operations offer discounts to customers who use reusable mugs instead of disposable cups in to-go food service operations?:

A brief description of the reusable mug program:

At all Blue Java Coffee Bar locations, customers who purchase a Blue Java mug receive a discount for all coffee or tea beverages purchased when they bring their mug. In addition, students and staff receive coffee refills for $0.99 with their Blue Java mugs or any outside reusable mug. In John Jay Dining Hall only reusable beverage containers are available when dining in house.

Additionally, Columbia hands out BPA free, made in NYC, recyclable at end of life reusable water bottles to all first year undergraduate residential students at no cost to reduce the purchase of disposable cups and bottles. Students can fill these with the beverage of their choice at the dining halls when they are taking meals to go.

Amount of the discount offered for using reusable mugs:

The website URL where information about the reusable mug discount program is available:

A cup of coffee ranges in price from small to large $1.65-$2.45. The discounted price offered for using reusable mugs is $0.99 no matter the size of the mug (ex: 32oz mug refill is $0.99), so customers can save $0.66-$1.46 per drink when using their reusable mug.

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