NMU Dining Sustainability Initiatives – Dine Responsibly
NMU Dining Services is committed to maintaining sustainable practices. 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 environmentally friendly products into our operations. Our dedication to sustainability is an important and exciting aspect of NMU Dining Services.
NMU Dining also works with these local and national businesses.
Local Businesses Hover on an image to learn more about our local Dine Responsibly partners
U.P. LOCAL FOOD EXCHANGE
NMU has partnered with the U.P. Local Food Exchange to source local food from U.P. Farms. Click HERE to learn more.
BSB FARM PARTNERSHIP
NMU has partnered with BSB Farm to provide our dining locations with fresh, local eggs.
SUPERIOR HOME FARM
Superior Home Farm, LLC is based in Rapid River, Michigan, with roots back to 1902.
At Superior Culture, all beverages are flavored with freshly pressed fruit juice, herbs, and spices sourced as locally as possible. Organic tea and sugar are added to a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast to produce a one-of-a-kind beverage known as kombucha. Learn More.
PARTRIDGE CREEK FARM
Partridge Creek Farm in Ishpeming receives pre-consumer compost from our dining facilities on campus, supporting their educational farm and community agriculture efforts.
THILL’S FISH HOUSE
NMU purchases local fish from Thill’s Fish House in Marquette.
NMU purchases dairy products from Jilbert’s Dairy in Marquette.
DANCING CRANE COFFEE
NMU purchases coffee for our retail operations from Dancing Crane Coffee of Skandia.
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.
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Renovations in our dishwashing area further reduce water usage.
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.
Our offices keep all of our records on the computer, which decreases the amount of paper and printer ink we use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sustainability Advisory Council
NMU Dining is an active member of the NMU Sustainability Advisory Council. Learn more about here.
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.
We installed a pulper in 2007. This machine grinds food scraps, cardboard, aluminum foil and paper with water to reduce the volume of waste.
We recycle all cardboard, waste paper, plastic, and cans at all of our dining locations. To encourage recycling among students, we have placed recycling bins near all of our facilities.
& REUSABLE TRAYS
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. Fieras and Melted have switched from disposable, recycled paper trays to reusable trays.
NMU sells a BPA-free reusable mug to be used on campus for great deals on beverages at your favorite dining locations.
NORTH FARM PARTNERSHIP
NMU has partnered with North Farm, a MSU Extension, to provide our dining locations with fresh, local produce.