Our campus has been recognized as a leader in energy conservation and sustainability and tuition affordability according to PRNewswire. FSU Dining Services is proud to have contributed to the overall campus wide sustainability program.

FSU Dining Services recycles thousands of pounds of waste oil into biodiesel every year with the help of our partner FiltaFry. Read our most recent Environmental Impact Report from 8/30/13 - 05/13/14.

Food waste is a huge problem of breathtaking scope: nearly 40% of the food produced in the US is wasted. This waste has significant financial and environmental impacts. Financially, food costs are on the rise—up 42% in the last decade—so the food that’s being thrown out has a big price tag. Environmentally, food waste is filling up landfills at a staggering rate, producing 135 million tons of greenhouse gases every year and using up natural resources. That’ why here at Sodexo at Framingham State University we weigh out all of our waste, keep track of it, so we can have a greater impact the environment.

We are also part of Terracycle’s Dairy Tub Brigade. We ship number 5 dairy containers from our salad bar and salad prep area to be recycled, and Teracycle credits us 1cent for each. The money is saved in an account for us and we can then donate the funds to a charity of our choice. To date we have collected $69.08.

Additionally we work with a local company out of Waltham, Mass. called Preserve. Preserve was founded because many people were frustrated with not being able to recycle number 5 containers. It was because of this Preserve set up the Gimme 5 recycling program to transform used, clean number 5 plastics into brand new Preserve products. Preserve transforms yogurt cups and other number 5 plastics into toothbrushes, which we sell in our retail location Sandella’s Flatbread.

Our New England location means access to some of the freshest, most delicious and responsibly sourced fish and seafood possible. Our seafood partnerRed's Best™ of Boston is committed to only distributing from small, local fishing boats supporting a vital fishing industry and tradition. Most of Framingham State Dining Services fish is caught just miles from our campus. And with access to over 60 different species daily, we have fully integrated Red's Best™ into our dining program year round serving Red's Best™ daily catch for dinner every Thursday. Additionally, Red's Best™ has implemented a simple yet brilliant QR code technology allowing the consumer to know what fish they are eating but who the actual fisherman was who caught their dinner! Learn more about Red's Best™ in Edible Boston and National Geographic.

Help the Environment - Help Farmers

FSU Dining Services and Easter Seals, the leading non-profit provider of disability services, have partnered with Cartridges for Kids in the launch of “Rural Recycling,” a program that recycles empty printer, fax and copier cartridges, cellular phones, laptops, GPS systems, cameras, video games and PDAs.

For every cartridge or cell phone that we donate, Cartridges for Kids will in turn make a financial contribution to Easter Seals for its “Rural Recycling” program, which provides farmers and ranchers who have suffered a debilitating illness, accident or condition with assistive technology solutions and tools that enable them to return to work on their farms.

Farmers use the grants to purchase swivel tractor seats and grab bars for farm equipment, and to make other modifications to equipment and the farm site. Since its inception, this program has helped 49 farmers in more than a dozen states address mobility challenges.

How can you contribute to this effort? It couldn’t be easier! Simply bring in your old cell phones, printer cartridges, digital cameras, laptops and iPods from your office or home and drop them in the designated boxes located in the McCarthy Center Marketplace Send them via interoffice mail to Dining Services, ATTN: Stoyan Mihnev

Click here to see one example of how this program has made a difference. http://youtu.be/mULBsdf867g

As part of its commitment to increase the sustainability of its operations, Dining Services uses Ecolab’s 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. Apex uses a unique combination of detergents, rinse additives, equipment and consultative services to address the operational challenges in food-service operations. 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 food-service 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.

All locations will benefit from using less water, energy and labor, thus minimizing their operations' overall environmental impact. In addition, the Apex system further supports Dining Services' sustainability initiatives with non-caustic chemistry and 95% less packaging material than current methods. Apex products come in a compact solid form that significantly reduces transportation shipments compared to bulkier liquid detergents.

XPressnap dispensers are another solution to reducing energy and waste. They use 30% less paper than traditional napkin dispensing mechanisms. The great thing about these dispensers is that they help the environment while helping to keep costs down. The napkins are made of 100% recycled paper and the dispenser will encourage customers to take (and waste) less napkins. Energy is saved because less power is used to recycle paper products than to create them from virgin material. According to Xpressnap, enough is saved through using recycled napkins to power 600 American homes for an entire year! More than half a million gallons of oil were saved ‘ 38 tanker trucks worth ‘ and 41 tons of pollutants were kept out of the environment. Using recycled napkins diverted 4,131 cubic yards of paper from landfills. This is enough to cover a football field with a stack of paper two and a half feet deep.