engineering and facilities
Sustainability & Recycling - Food
GREEN EFFORTS BY THE MUSC CAFETERIAS:
Sodexo pledges to use at least 25% local produce in their food operations! Here is the new (April 2012) certification from the SC Department of Agriculture:
Fresh on the Menu (.pdf)
- Recycling: Look for the blue containers to recycle plastic, aluminum, glass or steel cans in the cafeteria near the trash station. The cafeteria also recycles cardboard, grease, plastic and steel cans from the kitchen.
- Supporting MUSC Urban Farm as well as local farmers: Sodexo is a strong supporter of the MUSC Urban Farm project and the cafeterias at MUSC use distributors that provide locally produced foods when seasonably available.
- Promoting Eco-reusable mugs: When you bring in your own (clean) reusable cup, or mug, to the ART or University Cafeterias, you receive a $0.25 discount on your purchase from any fountain soda, tea, coffee or juice. Reusable cups are also for sale in the cafeteria, near the registers.
- Composting: The main cafeteria is composting food waste from the kitchen operations. Food Waste Disposal collects the waste three times a week and takes it to Charleston County Bees Ferry composting facility. Sodexho is also offering compostable service ware: they are serving warm food in the new compostable clam shell container and salads in a corn based clear plastic container; the Starbucks at ART gives away used coffee grounds FREE!
- Rainforest Alliance Certified Coffee: The ART cafeteria is brewing up a cup of coffee that’s mmm! mmm! good for you and for the environment! Traditional, forested coffee farms are havens for tropical wildlife and support the local economies in the tropics for more than 25 million people. Newer farming systems, which involve the clearing of tropical forest and the heavy use of chemicals, have proven to be environmentally destructive and to produce economically unstable communities. Coffee with the rainforest alliance certification (just look for this little green frog) supports farmers learning to grow coffee using sustainable methods and provides farmers with leverage to enter a more global market. Currently, 1.3% of the world’s coffee is Rainforest Alliance Certified.
- Meatless Monday: An international movement to help people reduce their meat consumption by 15% to improve personal health and the health of the planet. It is not an attempt to convert meat eaters to vegetarianism, but rather an aid in helping Americans reduce their meat consumption (which averages 45% above USDA guidelines daily) to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity, not to mention to improve the diet overall by helping to reduce intake of saturated fat and cholesterol. Eating less meat also helps the planet by limiting the carbon footprint, fossil fuel dependence and water demands of the diet. The ART and University cafeterias currently offer vegetarian options daily, including Gardenburgers® on the grill, and the salad bar, with other vegetarian options offered weekly including some soups and entrées on the hot line. Foods denoted with a “V” made out of two carrots are vegetarian. Every Monday, starting in February, the cafeterias will serve a meatless entrée in addition to traditional offerings.
- Biodegradable salad containers: In addition to lowering fossil fuel use and green house emissions, natural plastics offer more disposal options. These containers are also compostable! A composting food waste program will be starting at MUSC soon. Beginning in February, you will notice a new salad container when you visit the salad bar. These containers are made from 100% plant materials of annually renewable sources, a more sustainable source than petroleum. Specifically, these containers are made of Ingeo™, a synthetic fiber made of corn and plants, which can also be used to make clothing, personal care items, electronics, etc.
- Special events: Throughout the year Sodexo participates in earth friendly projects
click here for the Sodexo Sustainability Program as a .pdf file