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 Coker College. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to Coker College.

Cage Free

100% of the cracked egges on campus come from cage free sources.

Seafood Sourcing 

We purchase only NSC (Marine Stewardship Council) sourced seafood.

Local Dairy 

Our dairy products come fresh, from local farms and is rBGH/artificial hormone free. 

Fair Trade
Dining services now serves only fair trade coffee in its Resident Dining cafe. Fair trade helps assure that the farmers who grow the products get a fair price in exchange for great international coffee. Resident Dining facilities offers Aspretto 100% Fair Trade Arabica Beans and 100% Organic Teas.

Biofuels
Dining services now recycles its waste oil for recycling into biofuels used in biodiesel vehicles. Hundreds of gallons of waste oil are now diverted from landfills to clean, closed loop fuels.

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!

Vegetarianism
Resident dining offers many vegetarian options in addition to our vegan/vegetarian daily specials.    
Did you know that the consumption of meat at Union is responsible for the emission of more than 1,400 metric tons of carbon per year? That accounts for more than 5 percent of Union’s total carbon footprint! By reducing your intake of meat (even by just half), you are helping to reduce your carbon and ecological footprint, as well as that of the college. 

    Did you know?

·         You would save more water by not eating a single pound of California beef than you would by not showering for an entire year.
·         Producing a single hamburger patty uses enough fuel to drive 20 miles.
·         An eight-ounce steak requires requires enough grains to raise the cow to fill 45 people's bowls.

Whole Foods

Whole foods are those that do not contain added sugar, salt, fat or chemicals; they are also foods that are unprocessed and unrefined before being consumed. Some examples include raw fruits and vegetables, unpolished grains, nuts, seeds and sprouts, as well as unprocessed meat.

By increasing your consumption of whole foods you will be healthier by avoiding mal-nutritious additives and you will reduce your footprint by decreasing the packaging and reprocessing of middlemen. Do your part by checking labels and reducing your consumption of repackaged and reprocessed foods!

Xprss Nap Dispensers

Xprss 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.

Recycling 

On campus we recycle the following products: cardboard, glass, aluminum, paper, plastic.

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!

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.

Printing on Both Sides of the Paper

To save paper, we use paper with recycled content and we print on both sides whenever possible.

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 Seal”

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

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.

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.

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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