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Sustainability Initiatives

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Your Sodexo Campus Dining Team is dedicated to sustainability.  We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here at California Lutheran University. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to California Lutheran University.

CLU Dining Services has introduced various measures in it’s operations that serve to preserve and protect the environment such as recycling paper, cardboard and our used cooking oils, and locally sourcing our produce whenever possible. Other initiatives we have implemented at CLU are:

  • 47% of our fresh produce is sourced locally (within 300 miles)

  • 45% of our coffee is certified Fair Trade and/or Organic
  • Increased awareness about food waste resulted in an estimated 50% decrease in plate waste this fall
  • We donated over 1,900 pounds of coffee grounds to the campus garden last fall

rBST-free Milk

CLU Dining purchases only rBST-free milk from regional dairies.

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 food-service 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 food-service 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.

All locations will benefit from using less water, energy and labor, thus minimizing their operations' overall environmental impact. 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 use 30% less paper than 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 using recycled napkins to power 600 American homes for an entire year! More than half a million gallons of oil were saved ‘ 38 tanker trucks worth ‘ and 41 tons of pollutants were kept out of the environment. Using recycled napkins diverted 4,131 cubic yards of paper from landfills. This is enough to cover a football field with a stack of paper two and a half feet deep.

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