Campus Initiatives

As a guest, it is easy to make smart environmental choices when you dine at a Sodexo café. We know today's college students want to do the right thing for the planet and we also understand you lead busy lives, so your Sodexo chefs and managers do a lot of the work for you behind the scenes!

From purchasing local seasonal produce whenever possible to reducing inorganic and organic waste, your campus team is dedicated to providing you with an exceptional dining experience that is good for you and good for the planet.

Aspretto

Going forward by giving back.  We are proud to feature 100% Transfair, Fair Trade USA certified aspretto coffee and 100% USDA certified organic and ethically sourced Numi teas. Everything that touches the product is green, from the 10% post-consumer fiber cups to the renewable resource stirrers to the fair trade sugar wrapped in recyclable paper and printed with vegetable dye.

SMART

The Sustainability Management and Reporting Tool (SMART) is a comprehensive, yet easy to use dashboard that provides baseline sustainability performance, prioritizes initiatives, and tracks continuous improvement in four key areas - carbon and energy, water, waste, and healthy and sustainable food and environments.

Recycling

On campus we recycle the following products: cardboard, glass, aluminum, paper, plastic.

Composting

Food waste in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is 21x more potent than CO2.  (www.epa.gov)  Our first priority is to reduce food waste. Our second priority is to harvest this methane gas with a Bio-digester and to produce energy for the UW Oshkosh Campus. All pre and post-consumer waste from Blackhawk is collected and sent to the Biodigester, which can supply up to 20% of campus demand for electricity, and once the organic material is digested, it is further composted and turned into Titan Gold, which is a garden supplement creating a revenue stream for campus.

Weigh the Waste

Did you know that 40% of the food produced in our country is wasted?  Periodically throughout the school year, we conduct a Weigh the Waste event.   During the event, we weigh all of the uneaten food from guest’s plates.  We consolidate the findings and report back to the community.  We tie this to an awareness campaign that informs guests about food waste and its impact to our environment and our communities.  We hold frequent campaigns in which we compare our results (and hopefully see our waste decline).

Trayless

Blackhawk Commons does not use trays to conserve on resources. Customers without trays typically waste less food and beverages. It is also a healthier approach to eating, as we all know that at times our eyes are bigger than our stomach. Trayless dining also reduces the amount of water and detergents needed to wash trays - and saves energy too!

Xprss Nap

Xprss Nap Dispensers save energy and waste.  The napkins are made of 100% recycled paper and the dispenser will encourage customers to take (and waste) fewer napkins. Energy is saved because less power is used to recycle paper products than to create them from virgin material.

Apex

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. By monitoring and improving, the system helps reduce the amount of water and energy used at each facility, and improve total operational efficiency.

Bulk Condiments

Individual packets of condiments are useful in some instances, but they result in extra waste. 

Recycling Fryer Oil

French fries to fuel.  Indeed, our fryer oil is recycled into biodiesel that is used to power a variety of vehicles - from delivery  fleets to farm equipment.

Printing on Both Sides of the Paper

To save paper, we use paper with recycled content and we print on both sides whenever possible.

Reusable Dishware

We offer china dishes in our dining locations.  This reduces waste associated with using disposable containers.  Dining in?  Be sure to use china.  We also use china at our catered functions on site.

Green Cleaning

92% of the chemicals Sodexo uses are “Green Seal” certified, concentrated or sustainable.

Energy Star Appliances

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.  When replacing equipment Energy Star rated appliances are chosen. 

Energy Efficient Lighting

Where feasible we have replaced our incandescent bulbs with LED lighting and energy efficient fluorescent bulbs to reduce our energy consumption.