By protecting and improving our environment, the communities where we do business and the students we serve, Sodexo makes every day a better day and every tomorrow a better tomorrow.

Sustainability Initiatives

Your Sodexo Campus Dining Team is dedicated to sustainability.  We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here at Emory & Henry College. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to Emory & Henry College.

Waste Reduction Efforts

Recycling 

In our main kitchen we recycle all aluminum and steel cans along with #1 and #2 Plastic containers. 

Box Bailer 

We implemented a Box Bailer that makes Cardboard Bails in place of a 10 Cubic Yard Dumpster.

Trayless Dining

We are a trayless campus. Customers without trays typically waste less food and beverages. It is also a healthier approach to eating, as we all know that at times our eyes are bigger than our stomach. Trayless dining also reduces the amount of water and detergents needed to wash trays - and saves energy too!

Based on our past studies, trayless dining during breakfast and dinner buffets eliminates approximately 35% of food waste per night that would otherwise end up in landfills. Sodexo looks to go completely trayless during these meal times in the near future.

Xpressnap Dispensers

Xpressnap Dispensers save energy and waste.  The napkins are made of 100% recycled paper and the dispenser will encourage customers to take (and waste) fewer napkins. Energy is saved because less power is used to recycle paper products than to create them from virgin material.  

APEX Dishwashing System

APEX combines technology and products designed to save water and energy, minimize the impact of products on the environment, and has a built-in method of measuring results. The APEX management approach uses a tablet PC and wireless technology to communicate with the system’s controller to download, process and analyze data to establish each foodservice operation’s “rack-to-guest ratio.” By monitoring and improving this ratio, the system helps reduce the amount of water and energy used at each facility, and improve total operational efficiency.

Recycling Fryer Oil into Biofuel

French fries to fuel.  Indeed, our fryer oil is recycled into biodiesel that is used to power a variety of vehicles  - from delivery fleets to farm equipment.

Local / Seasonal / Responsible Sourcing

Campus Garden

From field to fork without ever leaving campus.  It doesn't get more local than food grown right here.  We are proud to work with the campus community to grow and serve food from our campus garden. 

Aspretto

Going forward by giving back.  We are proud to feature 100% Transfair, Fair Trade USA certified aspretto coffee and 100% USDA certified organic and ethically sourced Numi teas. Everything that touches the product is green, from the 10% post-consumer fiber cups to the renewable resource stirrers to the fair trade sugar wrapped in recyclable paper and printed with vegetable dye.

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