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

Did you know that we are now composting post-consumer food waste at all of our resident dining halls?  Why compost?  It's an easy way to keep waste out of landfills, and turn it into fertilizer to help in new crop growth.  You can participate by learning what is and isn't compostable, and separating your garbage when returning your dishes for cleaning.  Here's a quick over-view:


You can compost:

  • Food Waste:  cooked bones, dairy, eggs, meat, fish, grains, veggies, etc.
  • Napkins and Paper Products
  • Any packaging listed as "Compostable"
NO LIQUIDS
NO PLASTIC
When in doubt throw it out as usual

So start composting today, and turn your food waste into fertilizer!


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


OZZI Reusable Container!

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SMART

The Sustainability Management and Reporting Tool (SMART) is a comprehensive, yet easy to use dashboard that provides baseline sustainability performance, prioritizes initiatives, and tracks continuous improvement in four key areas - carbon and energy, water, waste, and healthy and sustainable food and environments.

Waste Reduction Efforts

Recycling

On campus we recycle the following products: cardboard, glass, aluminum, paper, plastic. Our new 'To Go' container offered at Marquette Place, Mashuda and Schroeder is 100% recyclable. While we would prefer that you slow down, take a break, and dine in, we understand that sometimes it's just not feasible to do so. So if you must dine on the fly, please make sure to recycle your 'To Go' container.

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!

Xpress Nap Dispensers

Xpress Nap 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.

Bulk Condiments

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. 

Reusable Cup Discount

The environment and your pocketbook win! Bring your own reusable cup to purchase coffee or a fountain soda on campus and receive a discount at every location, every time.

Reusable Dishware

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.

Green Cleaning

“Green Seal”

92% of the chemicals Sodexo uses are “Green Seal” certified, concentrated or sustainable.

Energy Reduction Efforts

Daylighting

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.

On/Off Protocol

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.

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

Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets bring the idea of local home for many of us.  That is why we work closely with our local suppliers to feature locally grown products at campus Farmers Markets. Last fall we hosted three Farmers Markets featuring many local farms, growers and suppliers. To make sure you don't miss our next series of Farmers Markets, follow us on Twitter, 'Like' us on Facebook or look for advertisements this fall.

 

Local Suppliers 

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 purchases by 2020. 

We are proud to offer milk from Red Barn Family Farms in the dining room at Straz Tower. Red Barn was also one of our featured suppliers at the fall Farmers Markets. They sampled and sold their award winning cheeses. This is a group of eight local family dairy farms in the Appleton, WI area. Learn more about Red Barn and their commitment to quality here

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.

Aspretto

Going forward by giving back.  We are proud to feature 100% Trans fair, 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.  Aspretto Coffee and Numi teas are offered at: Cobeen Hall, Mashuda Diner, McCormick Hall, Schroeder Cafe Italiano, and Straz Tower.

Organic

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.

Sustainable Catering

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 try to 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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