Campus Dining strives to meet the ever changing balance between social responsibility, customer preferences, and financial concerns. We continually evaluate these decisions with a dedicated task force who constantly monitor these questions. This group keeps pace with the changing nature of social concerns such as the environment or workers’ rights and is currently investigating and taking action on topics such as local sourcing, sustainability, and employee education.
Recycling & Waste
Campus Dining is a major contributor to the campus recycling program. Each unit participates in ND’s Recycling Irish Program. We contribute glass, plastic, tin, aluminum, cardboard, polystyrene (Styrofoam), newspaper, and paper. We share this responsibility with our customers by making available clearly marked bins for customer waste.
The alternative to disposable dishware, reusable, is used for a majority of our services. Our dining halls and catering department utilize china, silverware, and glass or plastic glasses. Our ware washing procedures minimize water, gas, and electric. This past year, we partnered with the Alumni Association to utilize reuseable service ware for the annual Saturday picnic during Reunion Weekend.
Visit Green ND to learn more about the University of Notre Dame’s recycling efforts.
Sustainably Produced Foods
Campus Dining is focused on offering the choice of sustainably produced food to encourage consumption of products that are renewable and support the environment.
With regard to seafood, sustainable means that these fish species are not endangered and suppliers do not have aquaculture practices that damage habitats.
We actively develop menus in all units to include sustainable choices. We keep current on the list of sustainable choices and actively support organizations such as MSC, GAA, and the Shedd Aquarium.
Look for the following sustainable items in our operations: Tilapia, Catfish, Cod, Alaskan Halibut, Dungeness Crab, Coffee
Campus Dining purchases energy star products in our new purchases where available. This ensures we are minimizing our water, gas, and electrical use to make the least impact on our environment. Some of these savings include Energy Start rated fryers saving $600 per year and dishwashers saving over $1,000 in energy and water use. New facilities will be designed with a focus on “green” design principles.
Preventive maintenance is regularly performed to ensure equipment is performing at its peak efficiency. Staff members are committed to consolidating and turning off items to conserve resources.
Vegetarian and Vegan Diet
Look for the V to find vegetarian choices of entrees and soups. These items do not contain animal proteins.
Vegetarian diets are one opportunity to benefit in both good health and social responsibility. Vegetables require much less natural resources to grow than animal products.
Available vegan items can be found on our website Vegan.
Locally Sourced Products
Campus Dining features items produced in Indiana and Michigan or within 250 miles of Notre Dame. We purchase nearly 5.6 million dollars in locally sourced products, which makes up over 38% of our annual purchases in 2014-15.
These products are fresher and save natural resources, especially gas that is more and more costly each day.
Notre Dame’s Center for Culinary Excellence (CCE)
Campus Dining operates a central processing facility that provides a cornerstone to our conservation efforts. Bulk production provides economy of scale, conserving costs, utilities, storage, and waste. Vegetable trim goes to a local farm and is used for animal feed.
Campus Dining offers Fair Trade certified coffees in most of our retail areas. North and South Dining Hall feature Direct Trade coffee. We have developed cooperative relationships with the following coffee vendors who focus on human rights: Green Mountain Coffee and Inelligentsia).
Other efforts to ensure social responsibility in coffee service come from Starbucks efforts in coffee procurement and in all facets of their business. Starbucks™ Shared Planet™ represents Starbucks newest initiatives including 13 goals to be achieved in the areas of ethical sourcing, community involvement, and environmental stewardship by the year 2015. Visit Starbucks.
Gordons Food Service
We recently moved to a prime vendor, GFS, which limits the number of trucks coming to campus. GFS is also helping us procure more local and sustainable items.
Stanz Food Service
As our main supplier for fresh grown produce, Stanz Food Service has partnered with Campus Dining and local farmers to obtain produce from area farmers as frequently as possible based on seasonal limitations.
As our main supplier of fine wines, we are proud to partner with E.&J. Gallo Winery and their commitment to sustainability, leading with the Code of Sustainable Wine Growing Practices that are environmentally sound, economically feasible, and socially equitable.
50/50 Give Back Plan is practiced, setting aside one acre of property to protect wildlife for every acre planted as winery. The winery was recognized as the first winery in the United States to achieve International Standards Organization’s ISO 14001 certification.
Campus Dining Partnerships
The mission at General Mills is Nourishing Lives. It includes Nourishing Communities around the world by volunteering and giving to worthwhile causes, and Nourishing the Future by helping to preserve and protect the environment for generations to come. They are proud of their progress in all of these areas. We are proud that we partner with them to provide cereals and others products to our campus. General Mills’ 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility report highlights new and long-standing achievements in the areas of health, community and environment.
Our partner in Reckers for smoothies demonstrates their commitment to social responsibility on a regular basis, including a recent addition to the mix the ecotainer™ Paper Cold Cup. Visit Freshens.
As the provider of our cooking oils, Zoye oil is a great choice, produced from 100% locally grown soybeans. This locally produced oil provides the health benefits of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, no transfats, no hydrogenation, not genetically modified, and low saturated fat, while also being produced in a very sustainable fashion. The production is powered by renewable energy capturing methane gas from a local landfill, and the fleet of trucks and trailers run on biodiesel.
In addition to consolidating loads from our vendors, we utilize UPS for shipping some of our products and their carbon neutral initiatives.
Campus Dining demonstrates its commitment to the community by supporting many causes with in-kind donations.
- We annually support Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, the United Way, the American Cancer Society, Powtowatami Tribe, and many University sponsored charities.
- We donate the cost of food for meals not consumed by students for Wednesday Lunch Fast to the American Hunger Coalition.
- Leftover products which meet food safety requirements are donated to the Center for the Homeless and Hope Rescue Mission.