Food Services is committed to integrating sustainability into its operations. We are dedicated to continual improvement in the areas of local purchasing, environmentally friendly practices and global social responsibility. Listed below are some of the Sustainable Initiatives we are proud to be involved with and continue to support.
Food Choice & Healthy Alternatives
We believe in providing people with a choice regarding the type of food they consume. As society becomes more aware of the benefits of healthier eating, Food Services has taken a proactive role, constantly researching, developing and providing healthier dining choices.
We are committed to supporting local suppliers by purchasing their products. We purchase locally grown produce whenever possible. Purchasing from local suppliers helps to support the local community, and helps to reduce the impact that transportation has on our environment.
Local produce retains a higher proportion of nutritional value than imported foods. Fresh, organic vegetables have significantly higher levels of vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus than conventional vegetables. Money spent in the community stays in the community longer, benefiting local retailers and residents.
Fresh Food Choices
Most of our entrees are prepared from scratch, which cuts down on excessive packaging.
We use bulk condiments instead of individual portion packs whenever feasible, resulting in a tremendous reduction in packaging and resulting waste.
We recycle our glass, cardboard, paper, aluminum cans and cooking oil diverting several tonnes of material going into the landfill each year.
Recycling bins are situated in all areas of the facilities making recycling convenient and easy for employees and customers.
Energy Efficient Equipment
Our department utilizes energy star rated equipment whenever possible that use 10-50% less energy and/or water.
We provide hand sanitizing stations within our eateries which promotes health and well-being throughout the campus community. Basic hand washing is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of communicable diseases.