Your Sodexo Campus Dining Team is dedicated to sustainability. We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here at Maine Maritime Academy. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to Maine Maritime Academy.
Sustainable Fishing and Sourcing Practices
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.
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 foodservice 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 foodservice 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 improves total operational efficiency. All locations will receive the benefits of using less water, energy and labor, thus minimizing their operations' overall impact on the environment. 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 save 30% in paper over 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 utilizing recycle napkins to power 600 American homes for an entire year! More than half a million gallons of oil was saved 38 tanker trucks worth and 41 tons of pollutants were kept out of the environment. 4,131 cubic yards of paper were diverted from landfill space. This is enough to cover an entire football field with a two and a half foot deep stack of paper.
We recycle all returnables as well as waste oil from our fryers. We were one of the first departments on the MMA campus to utilize the new sort-free recycling program in the summer on 2013.
Weigh the Waste
Sodexo MMA has completed a "Weigh the Waste" program in 2013 in which we measured how post consumer waste was produced when our customers used trays in a week, versus a week without utilizing trays. Our findings were posted to find about a 1000-lb increase in waste produced in the weeks utilizing trays. We posted our findings to help our customers be aware of the issue of wastes and consumption.
Sodexo MMA team members committed to being more sustainable in different ways. Each member chose a commitment true to them which would help us make a Better Tomorrow. We also encouraged students and other community members to do the same in our iCommit event and promotion!
Tray Free Weekends and Events
TRAYFREE dining is one significant initiatiative that helps to minimize waste as well as water and energy usage while creating a more sustainable food service operation. There are many benefits to going TRAYFREE in our dining operations including:
- Electricity, water and chemical usage are reduced because there are far fewer dishes and trays to wash. This effect alone can save thousands of gallons of water every day and generate hundreds of dollars in detergent and electricity savings.
- Less detergents, solid waste and grease down the drain also improves our local community's water supply. Food materials discharged to local waste and water treatment plants contribute to increased levels of BOD (biological oxygen demand), COD ( chemical oxygen demand), TSS (total suspended solids), and O/G (oil and grease). Also, food materials discarded into solid waste stream contribute to odor and methane generation at disposal facilities and increase BOD and COD levels in local landfills.
Sodexo Campus Dining has implemented TRAYFREE dining with much success on several campuses across the country, including Georgia Tech, Prairie View A&M, Valdosta State, South Carolina State University, Rowan University and UMass Dartmouth.
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