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The Forty-Niner Shops commitment to protecting our environment is shared throughout our workforce and stems from a corporate-wide philosophy of incorporating environmentally conscious practices in our daily operations. The Shops take pride in our working relationships with business and campus partners who also share this strategic vision in protecting our environment.



Commitment to Local, Sustainable Foods

The 49er Shops purchases products from local vendors and promotes a sustainable menu in all dining locations. The 49er Shops shows its commitment to local and sustainable foods by serving:

  • Fair trade and/or organic coffee 
  • Cage free eggs
  • Hormone free local chicken and beef 
  • Seasonal, fresh produce, a portion of which is purchased from local Farmers Markets 
  • Local, artisan breads 
  • A range of vegetarian and vegan options 

The 49er Shops is also part of the Real Food Challenge, a directive by the CSU Chancellor’s Office to achieve 20 percent Real Food by 2020.

Vegetarian/Vegan Options

The 49er Shops is recognized by PETA for going above and beyond to provide students with vegan options and remains committed to increasing the number of vegetarian and vegan menu items at all dining locations. Vegetarian items are indicated by a green leaf on most menus and special signage at residential dining halls. The Dining Halls each have a dedicated vegetarian and vegan section which provides a diverse rotating menu of delicious, nutritious dishes. 

Trayless Residential Dining

  • All three residential dining halls are trayless dining facilities, which decreased solid food waste and water consumption by over 30% and also decreased the use of chemicals and energy.
  • Additionally, resuable 'to-go' boxes and cups are available for all residents.


  • The two on-campus Starbucks locations donate over 100 pounds of coffee grounds per week for garden composting.
  • The three residential dining halls have composting stations both for customer use and internal kitchen use. 
  • On an annual basis, the Shops divert compost from landfills: 
    • 196 tons from Residential Dining facilities
    • 107 tons from the University Dining Plaza

Food Donation

In 2018, the 49er Shops donated 6620 pounds of food to Food Finders.

Single Use Disposable Materials

  • The 49er Shops stopped purchasing plastic straws in July 2018.  Straws are available by request only in our dining facilties.
  • We use compostable, recyclable materials in all locations and have discontinued use of styrofoam.

Local and Sustainable Products

The 49er Shops have taken important steps to improve healthy options available on campus including purchasing products from local vendors and using fair trade and organic products. The Shops have accepted the Real Food Challenge, a directive by the CSU Chancellor’s Office to purchase food from sources that are local, community-based, fair, ecologically sound, and humane. The Shops have pledged to achieve twenty percent Real Food by 2020.

Urban Gardening

Twenty (20) hydroponic systems have been installed on the Nugget Grill & Pub patio.  The towers produce 720 crops per month and use 90% less water and 90% less space than traditional growing methods.  Plants grown are from the USDA dirty dozen list to ensure food is free from pesticides. Produce grown from these vertical towers includes lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, and peppers that currently supply the salad bar at the Chartoom Restaurant.  Read more about our urban garden here.



Corporate Social Responsibility

Beyond simply protecting the University's trademarks, The Forty Niner Shops, Inc. actively works toward contributing to the ethical fashion movement to create a brighter future for workers’ rights.

Fair Labor Association

The FLA is devoted to combining the efforts of business, civil society organizations, and colleges and universities to promote and protect workers’ rights and to improve working conditions globally through adherence to international standards. CSULB is a registered member of the FLA and is an avid participant in protecting workers’ rights.


California State University, Long Beach is partnered with Sumerra to manage auditing through their Compliance Management program as an added layer of protecting workers’ rights. Sumerra is committed to improving the life of the everyday worker; reducing risks to the environment, local communities, and people; and enhancing the industry on a global scale.

Featured Companies

  • League Collegiate Wear is committed to being in total compliance to the Fair Labor Policy. They go above and beyond by offering a multitude of programs for their employees, including gang rehabilitation and child care.
Third Street
  • Third Street is both a brand and manufacturer that owns and operates their own factories in Missouri. They bring ethical manufacturing to the United States by manufacturing 100% of their products in their company owned USA facilities.
  • Nike pursues a sustainable business approach, which includes transparency. Their website discloses all of the factories that source their products. Their goals for 2020 include sourcing 100% from factories that meet their definition of “sustainable”.
  • Colosseum is an accredited member of the Fair Labor Association, and works with all suppliers to monitor and improve working conditions at the facilities where our products are made.  In addition to implementing a workplace Code of Conduct, they also engage in worker welfare programs like health education and remote parenting training for workers who are far away from home.

Blue 84

  • Blue 84 is a wholesale supplier who promotes the corporate social responsibility of conducting business in a socially responsible and ethical manner, supporting human rights, and engaging, learning from, respecting, and supporting the communities and cultures with which they work.

Under Armour

  • Under Armour strives to achieve the best performance imaginable for athletes while remaining ethical, accountable, and responsible. They work with the Fair Labor Associatoin, ther Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps to ensure that their products are made ethically and sustainably.

Green Bag Campaign

In support of the City of Long Beach Plastic Bag initiative, plastic bags were phased out in all Forty-Niner Shops retail operations in 2012. 




  • The Shops recycle over 7,000 pounds of cardboard per month. In partnership with EDCO, a company that specializes in organic waste recycling, the Shops eliminate 2.67 metric tons of carbon dioxide per ton of waste.
  • Recycling takes place at all Forty-Niner Shops locations. Trash is sorted first in house with 80% qualifying as compostable. The remaining 20% is further sorted offsite. 
  • In 2018, the Shops total cardboard recycling weight was 107,560 lbs.
  • The Shops have diverted more than 232 tons of cardboard from the landfill since record keeping began in August of 2011.

Reusable Products

  • 95% of the to-go containers used throughout campus are recyclable and/or compostable.
  • As part of the Green Bag Campaign, reusable bags are sold at the University Bookstore.
  • Starbucks and our on-campus Convenience Stores currently sell reusable beverage containers for hot beverages and water.
  • In Fall 2015, the Shops replaced cardboard boxes at our Residential Dining facilities with Green To-Go Boxes. All residents receive a free Green To-Go Box to carry meals out. These boxes are washed for students to reuse throughout the semester. Switching to plastic has saved over 10 tons of paper.

Hydration Stations

The Shops have installed water bottle refill stations throughout our facilities to reduce the amount of plastic bottles on campus.

Energy Efficient Vending Machines

Energy Star qualified vending machines replaced older models around campus, saving 47,785Kwh, and a total of $4,779 per year.  The Shops continue to evaluate appliances and systems to ensure we provide alternative green options.