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.

Sustainable Initiatives

Sodexo is dedicated to corporate citizenship and sustaining our planet. Our goals are to focus on the environment, economy and society as a whole through various efforts.  We are working to make our campus dining and retail operations more earth-friendly.

Franchises on Campus

As a university committed to sustainability, the franchises that we have chosen to incorporate into our dining services have many sustainable practices of their own.

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 here in sunny Southern California. Information on local ingredients can be found in all on campus venues.

Sustainable Seafood

LMU Hospitality has received Marine Stewardship Council Certifiaction for verified sustainable seafood. This certification process ensures that MSC seafood is traced all the way back to the fisherman. You can read more about this certification in an article from CBS News and from the Marine Stewardship Council web site

Trayless Dining

Why No Trays? When students use plates without trays, the amount of food waste decreases by one once per plate.

Environmental Impact: Research shows that when trays are removed from dining locations, less food is wasted, less energy is consumed, and it reduces the amount of water and detergents used.

Benefits: Cutting back on dining overhead cost- there are no on-going purchases to replace the cost of trays, saving thousands of gallons of water every day and generating hundreds of dollars in detergent and electricity savings.

Fair Trade University


LMU became a certified Fair Trade University by Fair Trade Campaigns in February 2014. Fair Trade Campaigns recognizes universities in the US for embedding Fair Trade practices and principles into policy, as well as the social and intellectual foundations of their communities. 

 

LMU offers over 30 different Fair Trade items across its 13 dining locations.

APEX

The dining team on campus proudly uses Apex dishwashing detergent. Apex combines technology and products designed to save water and energy as well as minimize the impact on the environment. In addition to the actual detergent being more environmentally friendly, this new product uses 95 percent less packaging material than prior products.

Reusable Cup Discount

The environment and your pocketbook win! Bring your own reusable cup to purchase coffee or soft drinks anywhere on campus and pay only the refill price, regardless of the size of your drink.

Bulk Items & Eco-Friendly Packaging

At all of the dining locations on campus, we strive to offer products with as little and as eco-friendly packaging as possible. Please help us reduce waste further by only taking the pieces of disposable silverware, napkins, etc. that you really need to enjoy your meal.

Biodiesel

LMU works with Baker Commodities to turn all of our used fryer oil into usable energy as biodiesel!

Orca Green Machine

2011, Sodexo and LMU partnered together to purchase and install an Orca Green Machine in Malone Marketplace. The Orca Total Green machine is “a revolutionary alternative to traditional waste disposal. Vegetables, meat, rice, noodles, bread, fruit…anything that can go in your stomach can go in the ORCA.” Currently all pre-consumer food waste is absorbed by the ORCA and converted into grey water within 24 hours. Watch a fun and interesting video about this machine here!

Composting

The Lair Marketplace uses a Somat composting machine for all of our pre-production food waste such as scraps from cooking and preparing your food. Learn more about the Somat machine here: http://www.somatcompany.com/home/

Xpress Nap Holders

The Xpress Nap napkin holders that you see around campus reduce waste by dispensing only one napkin at a time and encouraging students and faculty/staff to only take what they need. The napkins we provide in the dispensers are made from recycled materials and are EcoLogo Certified.

Reducing Food Waste at the Source

LMU Hospitality reduces food waste at the source through our "Lean Path" food waste tracking system. Learn more about the LeanPath system here: http://www.leanpath.com/

Food Waste Diversion: Post-Consumer

In addition to the Somat Dehydrator/Composter machines, our operations utilize a somat food pulping system to break down post-consumer waste. This waste is reduced in size and weight, taking up much less room in the landfill. When comparing the fall of 2011 (before the install of the pulping machine) and the fall of 2012, the amount of waste that went to the landfill from one of our operations, the Lair Marketplace, was reduced by more than 50%.

EcoLogo

The EcoLogo Program is regarded as North America’s leading benchmark of environmentally-friendly products and services. The EcoLogo Program reviews literally every stage of the manufacturing process for its environmental impact. Covering a wide range of sustainability factors, it is one of the most comprehensive certification systems available to companies interested in demonstrating their environmental commitment across the entire manufacturing process.

In earning EcoLogo Certification, SCA Tissue’s manufacturing facilities and products meet strict requirements in the following areas:

  • Resource consumption Energy consumption
  • Effluent discharge
  • Net solid waste

Cardboard, Plastic, Glass and Paper Recycling

All recyclable materials are pre-sorted in our kitchens and sent to the LMU Recycling Center where they are final-sorted and processed for recycling efforts.

Transportation

LMU Hospitality supports the reduction of greenhouse gasses through transportation programs, including Ride-Share, the Los Angeles Metropoitan Transit Authority's business bus pass program, and shuttle services. For more information, see http://www.metro.net/

Loyola Marymount University Hospitality services by Sodexo launched a partnership with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to reduce it’s Carbon Greenhouse Gas Footprint. The partnership affords LMU Hospitality by Sodexo employees servicing the University, to enroll in the Business Transit Access  Program (BTAP) and receive annual metro Transit passes. The transit passes provide access to bus and rail transportation 24/7. The BTAP program allows flexibility to staff and their work schedules and promotes the campus sustainability initiative.

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