Your Sodexo Dining Services Team is dedicated to sustainability. We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here at Salve Regina University. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to Salve Regina University.
Local Fish & Seafood
Our seaside, New England location means access to some of the freshest, most delicious and responsbily sourced fish and seafood possible. Our seafood partner Red's BestTM of Boston is committed to only distributing from small, local fishing boats supporting the local fishing industry and tradition. Salve Regina Dining Services' fish is caught just miles from our campus. And with access to over 60 different species daily, we have fully integrated Red's BestTM into our dining program year round serving Red's BestTM daily catch for dinner every Thursday. Additionally, Red's BestTM has implemented a simple yet brilliant QR code technology allowing the consumer to not only know what fish they are eating but the actual fisherman who caught their dinner! Learn more about Red's BestTM in Edible Boston and National Geographic.
We work hard to get as many ingredients locally as possible. Our professionally-trained chefs write our menus to take advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are naturally in season.
All used cooking oil on campus is donated to Newport Biodiesel. The oil is then converted into sustainable heating fuel.
We have a Campus Garden that is operated by Sodexo and Salve Regina students.
APEX™ Dishwashing System
As part of its commitment to increase the sustainability of its operations, Dining Services uses Ecolab’s 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. Apex uses a unique combination of detergents, rinse additives, equipment and consultative services to address the operational challenges in foodservice operations. 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.
All locations will receive the benefits of using less water, energy and labor, thus minimizing their operations’ overall impact on the environment.
In addition, the Apex system further supports Dining Services’ sustainability initiatives with non-caustic chemistry and 95% less packaging material than current methods. Apex products come in a compact solid form that significantly reduces transportation shipments compared to bulkier liquid detergents.
Xpress Nap Holders
XPressnap dispensers are another solution to reducing energy and waste. They save 30% in paper over traditional napkin dispensing mechanisms. The great thing about these dispensers is that they help the environment while helping to keep costs down. The napkins are made of 100% recycled paper and the dispenser will encourage customers to take (and waste) less napkins. Energy is saved because less power is used to recycle paper products than to create them from virgin material.
According to Xpressnap, enough is saved through utilizing recycle napkins to power 600 American homes for an entire year! More than half a million gallons of oil was saved – 38 tanker trucks worth – and 41 tons of pollutants were kept out of the environment. 4,131 cubic yards of paper were diverted from landfill space. This is enough to cover an entire football field with a two and a half foot deep stack of paper.
Waste Reduction Efforts
On campus we recycle the following products: cardboard, glass, aluminum, paper, plastic.
Food waste in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is 21x more potent than CO2. (www.epa.gov) Our first priority is to reduce food waste. We compost food waste that is unavoidable which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and can also be used to amend soil thereby increasing drought tolerance, improving soil structure and health and reducing need for water and fertilizers. The Compost Plant comes twice a week to pick up our compost where it is delivered to Earth Care Farm to process the material.
Weigh the Waste
Did you know that 40% of the food produced in our country is wasted? Periodically throughout the school year, we conduct a Weigh the Waste event. During the event, we weigh all of the uneaten food from guest’s plates. We consolidate the findings and report back to the community. We tie this to an awareness campaign that informs guests about food waste and its impact to our environment and our communities. We hold frequent campaigns in which we compare our results (and hopefully see our waste decline).
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!
Individual packets of condiments are useful in some instances, but they result in extra waste. If you are dining on site or you can add the sauce to your item before you leave, please use the bulk dispensers to reduce our waste.
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.
Choose to Reuse
Choose to Reuse is a reusable container program designed to reduce waste and help achieve Sodexo's Better Tomorrow commitments by replacing single-use disposable beverage containers with reusable containers.
Reusable Cup Discount
The environment and your pocketbook win! Bring your own reusable cup to purchase coffee on campus and receive a discount at Jazzman's Cafe, every time.
Printing on Both Sides of the Paper
To save paper, we use paper with recycled content and we print on both sides whenever possible.
We offer china dishes in our dining locations. This reduces waste associated with using disposable containers. Dining in? Be sure to use china. We also use china at our catered functions on site.
92% of the chemicals Sodexo uses are “Green Seal” certified, concentrated or sustainable.
Energy Reduction Efforts
The windows in our dining room allow us to enjoy a tremendous amount of natural light while dining. Natural light not only provides a more comfortable environment, it also reduces our energy usage by allowing us to turn off lights.
To save energy, we only turn our equipment on when it is needed and turn it off as soon as we are done using it for the day.
Energy Star Appliances
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. When replacing equipment we choose Energy Star rated appliances.
Energy Efficient Lighting
Where feasible we have replaced our incandescent bulbs with compact flourescent bulbs to reduce our energy consumption.
No Idling at Loading Docks
Working with our vendors, our catering staff and our campus facility services staff to make sure all vehicles are turned off while they are parked in our loading dock.
Local / Seasonal / Responsible Sourcing
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.
The discovery of America itself is linked to Western civilization’s search for easier access to rare spices and herbs. Columbus was hoping to open trade routes for these substances when he blundered into the West Indies and the Age of Exploration unveiled the New World. You do not have to be explorer to enjoy the delights of fresh herbs. Our campus herb garden opens the door to a world of flavor in our very own "backyard."
We work closely with local produce distributors to maximize the fruits and vegetables purchased from local farms. We also purchase from local dairies, and participate in farm to school initiatives. Tracking local purchases helps us to meet our Better Tomorrow Plan commitment of 20% local purchase by 2020.
We are proud to feature the following local suppliers:
Sustainable Fish and Seafood
We are committed to serving sustainable seafood and fish. By 2015 100% of our fish and seafood will be sustainably certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or the Best Aquaculture Practices. We do not purchase any at risk species.
All of our fluid milk is purchased from Rhody Fresh which uses local dairies that do not use rBST.
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.
Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Look for the menu icon identifying organic foods.
All it takes are a few simple steps to more sustainable catered events. We feature menus that are locally grown, seasonal, organic, vegetarian and/or well balanced. We use china serviceware whenever possible, but if necessary, we use compostable and/or recyclable disposableware. We strive to eliminate bottled beverages when possible by replacing them with pitchers of drinks and reusable glassware.
Each season we unveil a catering menu that highlights the season's bounty. Not only does it increase variety, it also features food that is in season.
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