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 Shawnee State University. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to Shawnee State University.


Biodegradable Boxes

We now offer biodegradable boxes in the Bears' Den for carryout meals.

Reusable Cup Discount

The environment and your pocketbook win! Bring a reusable coffee mug to Jazzman’s and receive a discount on your coffee purchase.

Recycling

We are able to recycle hundreds of pounds of cardboard boxes that are shipped to us each year through the university’s recycling program.

Waste Minimization

We also have a pulper system installed in our dish room. A pulper system is a machine designed to separate food waste from the dishwater, allowing the water to be reused and less waste being put into landfills, Thus saving thousands of gallons of water every year along with the reduction of food, paper, plastic and other waste by approximately 90%. This translates into 10 bags of garbage compressed to one bag. 

APEX Dishwashing System

As part of its commitment to increase the sustainability of its operations, Dining Services uses Ecolab's 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. Apex uses a unique combination of detergents, rinse additives, equipment and consultative services to address the operational challenges in foodservice operations. 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 improves total operational efficiency. All locations will receive the benefits of using less water, energy and labor, thus minimizing their operations' overall impact on the environment. In addition, the Apex system further supports Dining Services' sustainability initiatives with non-caustic chemistry and 95% less packaging material than current methods. Apex products come in a compact solid form that significantly reduces transportation shipments compared to bulkier liquid detergents.

Xpress Nap Holders

XPressnap dispensers are another solution to reducing energy and waste. They save 30% in paper over traditional napkin dispensing mechanisms. The great thing about these dispensers is that they help the environment while helping to keep costs down.  The napkins are made of 100% recycled paper and the dispenser will encourage customers to take (and waste) less napkins. Energy is saved because less power is used to recycle paper products than to create them from virgin material.  According to Xpressnap, enough is saved through utilizing recycle napkins to power 600 American homes for an entire year! More than half a million gallons of oil was saved 38 tanker trucks worth and 41 tons of pollutants were kept out of the environment. 4,131 cubic yards of paper were diverted from landfill space. This is enough to cover an entire football field with a two and a half foot deep stack of paper.

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