Environmentally Friendly Practices

  • ReEnergizer- Local company for recycling used cooking oil
    • Keeps grease locally -- decreases carbon footprint
    • Filtered grease is sold locally to anyone who makes bio-diesel fuel
  • Re-using:
    • All 1st year students are given a coupon to use toward a reusable MHC mug or $5 toward a purchase of a reusable beverage container of their choice at the bookstore at orientation.  Students can receive a 10% discount on beverages at Uncommon Grounds when they use their mug.
    • We use permanent ware for our regular china, flatware, and glasses in all of our dining rooms that can be washed and reused
    • We use reusable cleaning cloths in our dining rooms and kitchens.
  • Purchase pre-processed produce - waste down and usable product yield up
  • Use EVO sprayer containers in lieu of aerosol spray cans for praying oils
    • Reduce oil usage/creates less waste
    • Less expensive than spray cans
  • Cooked-to-order /batch cooking preparation whenever possible to reduce food waste
  • Use of FoodPro (Dining Services food service software system) to minimize food waste
  • Self-service on all serving lines to promote “take what you want, but eat what you take”
  • Napkins
    • Use 100% bleach free recycled paper napkins (100% post consumer)
    • Napkins put in baskets on table so you take what you need
  • Plastic Utensil Dispensers
    • Used in Torrey, Atrium Café, and Blanchard Café to reduce number of utensils by dispensing one utensil at a time
  • Decreased trash barrel size to use a smaller garbage bag – this will enable us to utilize more of the garbage bag
  • Shutdown all refrigeration that is not being used during the summer months
  • All dining halls have computers which have reduced the need for paper memos, hence reducing paper usage.
  • Atrium Café Grab n’ Go
    • Minimize the use of containers but use some plastic packaging to be able to properly display and hold food items such as salads, side salads
    • The containers used in Atrium Café are recyclable and can be rinsed out
  • Blanchard Café
    • Offer permanent ware and/or plastic reusable baskets at all stations as an option for those customers who are dining on premise in Blanchard Café
    • Use biodegradable sandwich wrap for all sandwiches and liners in baskets