Your Sodexo Campus Dining Team is dedicated to sustainability. We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here at University of South Carolina. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to University of South Carolina.
Waste Reduction Efforts
In just one month at one location we have diverted 18,129 LBS of waste from landfills.
On campus we recycle the following products: cardboard, glass, aluminum, paper, plastic.
Fryer Oil Recycling
French fries to fuel... Indeed! Our fryer oil is recycled into bio-diesel that is used to power a variety of vehicles- from delivery fleets to farm equipment.
Our campus is 100% Styrofoam free.
Choose to Reuse
To help reduce our carbon footprint we offer a reusable to go container at Grand Market Place, Honors, Bates and Gibbes. These containers allow you to take your meal to go, bring back the dirty container and swap for a new one.
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.
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.
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.
Energy Reduction Efforts
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.
Local / Seasonal / Responsible Sourcing
Farmer's 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 Farmer's Markets.
Last year we participated in 22 farmer’s markets featuring many local farmers, growers and 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 purchase by 2020.
All of our fluid milk is purchased from local dairies that do not use rBST.
Fresh Burger, Russell House
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.
- A Better Tomorrow Starts Today!
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- Sustainable Seafood at Sodexo
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- Aspretto Coffee
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