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

Local Farms:

We work hard to get as many ingredients locally as possible. Our professionally-trained chefs write our menus to take advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are naturally in season.

Reusable Cup Discount:

The environment and your pocketbook both win! Bring your own reusable cup to purchase coffee on campus and save 10 cents every time in any location.


Stay tuned for more information.

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.


All waste from Emerson College Dining facilities is hauled by E.O.M.S., a local, single stream waste hauler, and composted. On average we divert approximately 13.5 tons of waste from traditional trash streams.


Recycling is offered in all of our facilities.

Waste Minimization

  • Trayless dining in all campus dining locations
  • Green to-go reuseable containers available for use in the Little Building Dining Hall
  • Pre-consumer production tracking utilized by our culinary professionals
  • Condiments are purchased in bulk to reduce plastic waste
  • Discounts for bringing your own mug for coffee
  • Educational student events on waste reduction
  • Bottled water free campus
  • Compostable wares are used in our locations

Other Sustainability Initiatives at Emerson Dining:

  • All equipment is Energy Star certified
  • Employee training on energy and water reduction efforts
  • Dining services management involved in school’s Sustainability Committee
  • Sustainability Manager who specializes in providing sustainable options
  • Regular communication with student groups focusing in sustainability
  • Fair Trade certified products located at all venues
  • We purchase cage free eggs from our vendors
  • All dairy is rBGH/artificial hormone free
  • No gestation stall pork is purchased
  • Only socially just tomatoes are sourced
  • MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) sustainable seafood
  • All cleaning products meet or exceed Green Seal or EcoLogo
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