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

Recycling

We recycle and partner with R.O.C.K.S. on campus to reduce and reuse material. On Campus we recycle the following products: cardboard, glass, steel, aluminum, paper, plastic and e-waste.

Xpress Nap

Xpress Nap Dispensers save energy and waste.  Not only are the napkins are made of 100% recycled paper, the dispensers 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.  

Vegan Options

We were rated A by peta2 for the quality of service at our Valley Vegan station, offering daily menu variety throughout the academic year.

Apex

APEX combines technology and products designed to save water and energy, minimize the impact of chemical products on the environment, and measures our efficiency. 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.

Composting

Food waste in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is 21x more potent than CO2.  (www.epa.gov)  Our first priority is to reduce food waste.  We compost food waste to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also be enhance and amend soil health by improving soil structure, enhancing micro-organism content, increasing drought tolerance and reducing need for water and fertilizers. We collect pre and post-consumer food waste to create compost to be used across campus. Look for ways to get involved in these initiatives.

Reusable Cup

Bring your own reusable mug to Lloyd's Marketplace or the Bean and Bagel and pay only the refill price!

Local Suppliers

We are proud that 18% of our product is locally sourced. We have worked hard with our local vendor, Black River Produce, based in Vermont, to get us the best quality ingredients in New England.