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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sodexo serves-up Sustainability

Sodexo issued the below press release to recognize the college campuses serviced by Sodexo listed on the Green Honor Roll from the Princeton Review's second annual Green Rating.

Go Jackets!! Check out below where Georgia Tech received a perfect score. Note diverting food residuals for composting was the first item listed in the below announcement. Stay tuned for the launch of ZWZ~Westside where GA Tech will most likely be a charter participant.

In the Atlanta market Sodexo provides dining services for the following educational institutions: Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia State University, Emory University, Kennesaw State University and Georgia Tech.

An early supporter of foodservice sustainability, Sodexo was a founding member of the Green Foodservice Alliance, the original home of Zero Waste Zones, through Emory Dining Services.

Here goes the formal info on Sodexo's recognition for their stellar performance in implementing sustainable practices at college campuses ...

Sodexo Helps Clients Earn Sustainability Distinction

Green Honor Roll gives high marks for Sodexo-served campuses

Three campuses served by Sodexo earned a coveted top rating of 99 on The Princeton Review’s Second Annual Green Rating, which evaluates colleges and universities on their environmentally-related policies, practices and academic offerings. Nearly one third of the campuses noted for their successful sustainability programs in the The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges, which was produced in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, are served by Sodexo.

“Sustainability is a strategic initiative for many of our campus clients so we work hard to deliver solutions that reduce waste, carbon emissions and source and serve locally-grown products,” said Tom Post, Sodexo president of campus services. “Today’s students want sustainable campus communities and we help deliver, knowing it helps our clients attract and retain students.”

Sodexo, through its contracted foodservice and facilities management, contributed to the following campuses earning green distinction, including Binghamton University, Colorado College, and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., launched a program that diverted 146 tons of food waste from local landfills through composting efforts this year, which moved Georgia Tech much closer to being waste neutral. Sodexo purchased more than $100,000 in local produce this year. GT Dining, the main resident dining hall, began to implement the results of an extensive energy audit. The audit included replacing older equipment with energy-efficient equipment and creating an energy plan to raise awareness and significantly reduce energy consumption. Sodexo is working with Georgia Tech administration, faculty, staff, vendors and students to set priorities to continue to reduce carbon emissions within food services by 26 percent.

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