By protecting and improving our environment, the communities where we do business and the students we serve, Sodexo makes every day a better day and every tomorrow a better tomorrow.

Sustainability Initiatives

Embry-Riddle Dining Services has introduced various measures in it’s operations that serve to preserve and protect the environment such as recycling paper, cardboard and our used cooking oils, and locally sourcing our produce whenever possible. Other initiatives we have implemented are:

APEX™ Dishwashing System

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 foodservice 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 foodservice 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 receive the benefits of using less water, energy and labor, thus minimizing their operations’ overall impact on the environment.

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.

Xpress Nap Holders

XPressnap dispensers are another solution to reducing energy and waste. They save 30% in paper over 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 utilizing recycle napkins to power 600 American homes for an entire year! More than half a million gallons of oil was saved – 38 tanker trucks worth – and 41 tons of pollutants were kept out of the environment. 4,131 cubic yards of paper were diverted from landfill space. This is enough to cover an entire football field with a two and a half foot deep stack of paper.

ERAU Best Practices

  • 200,000 fewer foam cups in landfills each year. Our reusable plastic cup program at Student Village.
  • 100,000 fewer plastic containers in the landfills each year. Sandwiches wrapped in recycled paper.
  • 30,000 gallons of water saved.Trayless dining Landing Strip and Student Village
  • 22,000 fewer foam containers in landfills each year. Our reusable/Returnable "to go" container prgram at Student Village (Program expanding to the Student Center).
  • 10,000 fewer plastic jugs in landfills annually. Our plastic recycling program.
  • 2,400 cubic yards less in landfills each year. Our cardboard recycling program.
  • Our reusable bag for 99 cents to reduce use of plastic bags in dining facilities.
  • Discarded vegetable oil is recycled and used for production of livestock feed. This practice is a team effort by ERAU and Sodexo.
  • Recycled paper napkins used to reduce the carbon foot print required to produce from raw materials.
  • Our Eco-Containers for Freshens and Starbucks will decompose in 10 weeks.
  • Using local produce vendors helps to support reducing the carbon foot print.
  • Refillable mug program for hot/cold beverages, ultimately decreasing the waste of disposable cups.
  • Grounds 4 Growth utilizes brewed coffee grounds in plant and flower beds.
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