Balancing sustainability in partnership with StFX
Sustainability has become a focus for not only Sodexo but the University community as well. We recognize that we have a responsibility to use our resources wisely and to protect them for future generations. Here at StFX and on campuses around the country, Sodexo is committed to developing and measuring ways to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, to conserve water, promote responsible waste management and reduce the use of toxic chemicals. Here are just a few of the things we are doing on the StFX Campus:
Fair Trade Local and Organic Coffee Suppliers
We recycle on campus to reduce and reuse material. On Campus we recycle the following products: cardboard, glass, steel, aluminum, paper, plastic and e-waste.
Xprss Nap Dispensers save energy and waste. Not only are the napkins 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.
Food waste in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is 21x more potent than CO2. Our first priority is to reduce food waste. We compost food waste to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also to enhance and amend soil health by improving soil structure, enhancing micro-organism content, increasing drought tolerance and reducing need for water and fertilizers.
Bring your own reusable mug to any of our retail locations and get 25 cents off the purchase of your hot beverage.
51% of the products used by Sodexo on the STFX campus come from the Maritimes and 16% comes from small business. Annually we host local suppliers and feature their products through our Morrison Hall menu and catering menus. We also feature a local board that displays the names of our vendors and suppliers. Check it out the next time you are in Morrison Hall.
Cage Free Eggs
We are shifting all our shell eggs to cage free sources. This shift is part of our Better Tomorrow Plan commitment to sustainability raised products.
Tray Less Dining
Tray less dinning reduces the amount of water and detergent used, saves energy and reduces food wastage.
We use bulk condiment dispensers to reduce the amount of plastic and food waste as well as reduce water consumption.
We save energy by turning equipment on and off only as needed
Building Partnerships with St.FX University
Saint Francis Xavier University has a unique Student Food Resource Center, SFRC, that focuses on making sufficient and healthy diets accessible to all students. The SFRC is a free, confidential and accessible service to any student who needs it. One of SFRC’s key functions is operating he on campus student food bank. Each summer, student volunteers dedicate tiring hours in the garden to yield fresh produce that will be available throughout the year. We are happy to announce that for the last 2 years Sodexo has matched, per pound, the produce from the garden. We are ecstatic that we can honour the work that these students have put in and support the campus community that we have been a part of for 30 years. Our staff dedicated part of their casual Friday fund to the SFRC which was then matched by Sodexo’s Stop Hunger foundation making a total donation of over $1800.00. This donation will help supply initiatives like Kevin’s corner.