Sustainability

Waste Reduction & Diversion

Composting

We began a composting program at Southside dining hall in the 2018 Spring semester. Through a partnership with Natural Upcycling collection company, food waste will be transported to Freestate Farms and converted into gas to be used for heating and powering. Through the process of anaerobic digestion, Southside food waste will now power greenhouses.

Recycling

All Sodexo restaurants on campus recycle cardboard, glass, aluminum, and plastic. We use 100% recycled content napkins with up to 65% Post-Consumer recycled content. Please help us in this effort by recycling your single-use containers in the bins located around our facilities, and let us know about your experience with the program.

Trayless/Strawless

By eliminating the use of straws in all of our dining halls, we have removed over 318 pounds of plastic from our annual waste stream. In addition, by not offering trays in resident dining halls, we save water, time, energy, and detergent needed to wash the trays. At Southside, we save 1,500 gallons of water daily by not having to wash trays.

Portion Control

The plates in our resident dining halls are smaller in size and come in a variety of shapes. This limits portion sizes in the all-you-care-to-eat environment, where customers are able to return for another helping if desired. Switching to these plates alone reduced our overall food waste by 15%.

Outreach

Informational signage in our facilities helps to educate customers about the issue of food loss and food waste. You can be part of the solution - avoid taking more food than you can eat. Check out this story on our Campus Kitchen. Volunteer with Campus Kitchens to help donate food from Sodexo outlets to local shelters and soup kitchens. Contact Alexa Hines at ahines6@gmu.edu.

Coffee Club

The on-campus coffee retailers offer a “buy 9 get one free” incentive to customers who bring a reusable mug. Bring your own mug on your next visit to Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, Chick-fil-A, Einstein Bagels, and convenience stores on campus and ask for a punch card to start building up rewards!

BioFuel Program

We recycle all kitchen oil waste (over 7,000 gallons annually). The oil is taken and used to create steam energy at a power plant, which helps reduce fossil fuel consumption.

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