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NMU Dining Sustainability Initiatives

NMU Dining Services is committed to maintaining sustainable practices throughout our various locations. We have partnered with a number of local businesses and organizations to provide fresh, healthy food on campus. We are proud to support the economy by purchasing locally.

Additionally, we are actively working to reduce wasted resources and incorporate more environment friendly products into our business. Our dedication to sustainability is an important and exciting aspect of NMU Dining Services.

Livestock

We are proud to serve local livestock at our various dining locations. A portion of our lamb, beef, pork and chicken was purchased at the Marquette County Fair.

Produce

We have partnered with Hoop House, NMU’s solar greenhouse, in order to serve locally grown produce on campus. Dining Services provides Hoop House with food scraps for composting and coffee grounds for soil. In return, we receive fresh produce year round.

Local, Fair Trade Coffee

We have selected Stone Creek Coffee Roasters, based in Milwaukee, Wis., to serve delicious, local coffee at our dining locations. In addition to providing meticulously roasted coffee, Stone Creek is a socially responsible company.

Online Brochures

In order to save resources and in turn the environment, Simply Superior Catering and Events has eliminated printed booklet brochures. We now offer online versions of our catering brochures.

Products

To further our sustainable practices, we have made the decision to use environment friendly products at our dining locations. We use biodegradable paper plates, recycled napkins, Cornware utensils and Pepsi’s new compostable cups.

Bulk Dispensers

By using bulk dispensers for various drinks, condiments and cereals in dining halls, we are able to reduce the amount of packaging materials we use.

Reusable Travel Mugs

Every new student receives a reusable travel mug at the beginning of the year. Using this mug at a selection of our dining locations entitles students to a discounted beverage.

Trayless Dining

Students now have the option to go trayless at all of our dining locations. This reduces the amount of wasted food, as well as water and chemicals used to clean the trays.

Green Cleaning

We are moving toward using more green cleaning products throughout the entire university, including all of the dining locations. These products improve air and water quality, reduce waste and pollution, and provide healthier facilities.

Pulper

We installed a pulper in 2007. This machine grinds food scraps, cardboard, aluminum foil and paper with water to reduce the volume of waste.

Primary Vendor

We use one primary vendor for most of our dining purchases. By doing this, we decrease the amount of delivery time made to our dining facilities, therefore saving fuel.

Sustainable Vendor

Gordon Food Service, our primary vendor, has made minimizing their environmental impact a priority. A few of their sustainability initiatives include using organic food and efficient water management.

Electronic Records

Our offices keep all of our records on the computer, which decreases the amount of paper and printer ink we use.

Recycling

We recycle all cardboard and waste paper at all of our dining locations. To encourage recycling among students, we have placed recycling bins near all of our facilities.

Energy Audit

Students from NMU’s climate control technology program are in the process of conducting an energy audit for Dining Services. This will provide us with detailed knowledge of our total energy consumption, offer ideas for alternative energy and ultimately reduce our overall energy costs.

Trays

Fieras and Melted have switched from disposable, recycled paper trays to reusable trays.

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