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Sustainability Initiatives


Choose To Reuse! Let's Work Together To Reduce Waste On Campus...

Dillard Dining Services is committed to reducing waste at Dillard University. Since Fall 2012, we have offered Dillard Dining Reusable mugs as apart of our resident program. Now we have expanded our sustainability efforts through our new "Choose To Reuse" program. Choose To Reuse is a reusable container & drink mug program designed to reduce waste and help achieve Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow commitments by replacing single-use disposable food and beverage containers with reusable containers, while providing an even bigger value to student and local initiatives.

NEW! Kearny "To Go"

There are perks to the Choose To Reuse program with our dining hall! Our dining policies strictly prohibit taking out any dining foods & drinks, and bringing in outside containers & bottles. However, all dining guests that enter Kearny Dining Hall with their Dillard Dining sustainability container/mug have the added bonus of taking their meal/beverage "to go!" *For guests taking their meal to go, you must pay for an additional meal if you choose to "dine in" and take a meal "to go" - during the same meal period.

 Students, Faculty & Staff, and other dining guests can purchase our reusable containers and mugs for only $4.99 plus tax at Kearny Dining Hall's cashier station. As an incentive for helping us with our commitment to Sustainability, all refills with your reusable mugs are only $0.99 in Grill 155!

Show Sodexo your support! Purchase your very own sustainable dining container & mug today! We'd love for you to share your sustainability efforts with us.... Post a picture of you enjoying your new dining ware on our Twitter page!                       @DillardU_Dining #makethepledgeforsustainability #myDU


We Buy Locally

Did you know that Dillard Dining Services support our local farmers? Our goal as your dining service provider, is to obtain the freshest products that we can provide. These locally grown and produced products not only contribute to our local economic impact, but it provides added value to our dining program. While not all of our products are local, Dillard Dining continues to increase the amount of local foods available for the campus community.

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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