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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 University of Southern Maine. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to University of Southern Maine.

The Maine Course

mainecourse-small-briclet-190x115The Maine Course by Sodexo aims to:

  • Increase purchasing of local Maine grown, harvested and produced products.
  • Grow partnerships with our local community
  • Develop shared values and bring awareness of Maine products and sustainable practices to our customers.
  • Provide Sodexo chefs and managers with the resources they need to expand their local impact.

Look for the Maine Course logo to identify Maine products and sustainable practices that impact the state of Maine.

Partnership with Gulf of Maine Research Institute

In June of 2015, Sodexo announced a commitment to shift current sourcing for our Maine locations to include more Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested ® seafood. This effort, in partnership with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), supports a community of businesses committed to the sustainability of the region’s seafood economy. University of Southern Maine is already sourcing 100% Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested whitefish for all of our dining locations. These species include redfish, dogfish, mackerel, pollock, and whiting. We are very proud of this initiative, and have a variety of cobranded marketing materials with GMRI to highlight out commitment and bring attention to the responsibly harvested whitefish that some of our customers may not be familiar with.

We understand how important the sourcing of responsibly harvested whitefish from the Gulf of Maine is and we want to make sure University of Southern Maine customers do to. GMRI Sustainable Seafood Brand Manager, Kyle Foley works with Sodexo campus accounts to do multiple site visits a year with the purpose of engaging and interacting with students. These events include information tabling with seafood trivia and tastings to actual classrooms visits.

Sustainable Fishing Information:

Waste Reduction Efforts

Food Waste Reduction

We are proud to be recognized for our food recovery efforts by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency and the National Sustainable Materials Management Program. View here

Recycling

On campus we recycle the following products: cardboard, glass, aluminum, paper, plastic.

Composting

Food waste in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is 21x more potent than CO2.  (www.epa.gov)  Our first priority is to reduce food waste.  We compost food waste that is unavoidable which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and can also be used to amend soil thereby increasing drought tolerance, improving soil structure and health and reducing need for water and fertilizers.

Weigh the Waste

Did you know that 40% of the food produced in our country is wasted?  Periodically throughout the school year, we conduct a Weigh the Waste event.   During the event, we weigh all of the uneaten food from guest’s plates.  We consolidate the findings and report back to the community.  We tie this to an awareness campaign that informs guests about food waste and its impact to our environment and our communities.  We hold frequent campaigns in which we compare our results (and hopefully see our waste decline).

Trayless Dining

We are a trayless campus. Customers without trays typically waste less food and beverages. It is also a healthier approach to eating, as we all know that at times our eyes are bigger than our stomach. Trayless dining also reduces the amount of water and detergents needed to wash trays - and saves energy too!

Xpressnap Dispensers

Xpressnap Dispensers save energy and waste.  The napkins are made of 100% recycled paper and the dispenser will encourage customers to take (and waste) fewer napkins. Energy is saved because less power is used to recycle paper products than to create them from virgin material.  

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. 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 improve total operational efficiency.

Bulk Condiments

Individual packets of condiments are useful in some instances, but they result in extra waste.  If you are dining on site or you can add the sauce to your item before you leave, please use the bulk dispensers to reduce our waste.

Choose to Reuse

Choose to Reuse is a reusable container 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.

Printing on Both Sides of the Paper

To save paper, we use paper with recycled content and we print on both sides whenever possible.

Reusable Dishware

We offer china dishes in our dining locations.  This reduces waste associated with using disposable containers.  Dining in?  Be sure to use china.  We also use china at our catered functions on site.

Green Cleaning

“Green Seal”

92% of the chemicals Sodexo uses are “Green Seal” certified, concentrated or sustainable.

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University of Southern Maine | Dining Services | Gorham Campus | 37 College Ave | Gorham, ME 04038 | tel. (207) 780-5420 | Contact Us

University of Southern Maine | Dining Services | Portland Campus | 96 Falmouth Street | Portland, ME 04103 | tel. (207) 780-4039 | Contact Us

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