header graphic image

A Greener Tomorrow

Muhlenberg Dining is committed to teaching today's students how to have an impact on tomorrow. With its dedicated team, Muhlenberg Dining has developed several innovative, on-campus programs and partners with Muhlenberg to foster the College's vision to create ways to positively impact our environment.

Sustainability Internship

Each year, Muhlenberg Dining offers an internship experience for a student interested in a future career in sustainability and marketing food and beverage. The Sustainability Intern supports the Muhlenberg Dining team in the process of developing and implementing sustainable dining promotions, using their input at every stage of the process to inform and inspire creative ideas, and guide the implementation of the resulting promotion campaigns.

Nickie To learn more about our current Intern Nickie, please click here!

Greening Committee

Muhlenberg Dining is proud to be an integral part of the President’s Greening Committee. The Greening Committee aims to provide leadership to the Muhlenberg community in support of the College’s strategic goals of sustainability and good environmental citizenship. It was created in 2003 by President Helm to examine, propose, and monitor sustainability efforts, reduce resource use and promote dialogue on and off campus. The Greening Committee is composed of faculty, staff, and student representatives.

‘Berg To Go

In Fall 2012, Muhlenberg Dining embarked on a mission to reduce the amount of waste being created by disposable To-Go containers in the Wood Dining Commons. After several trial periods, focus groups and collecting feedback, 'Berg To Go launched in Fall 2013.

We appreciate your participation and together, we can make a positive impact on our future!

Think Before You Tray

When the Wood Dining Commons opened in Fall 2010, Muhlenberg Dining introduced an initiative to steadily decrease the usage of trays in an effort to reduce water usage. Rather than not offering trays, we ask guests to make the conscious decision as to whether or not a tray is necessary. Since its inception, Think Before You Tray has resulted in decreasing the amount of trays available in the Food Gallery from 800 to 300.

Weigh the Waste

The Weigh the Waste (WTW) program is an educational opportunity to raise awareness of food waste over a specific course of time by weighing post-consumer food waste. Muhlenberg Dining staff is responsible for tracking and documenting uneaten food in the Wood Dining Commons during a specific time frame and shares the information with its guests in an effort to reduce waste and improve portion control.

WTW 2012-2013

Our next Weigh the Waste event is scheduled to run October 21 – October 25, 2013. Results will be posted as soon as they are available.

Reusable Mugs

We invite all members of the community to take advantage of our Reusable Mug Program! Bring your own mug to the Wood Dining Commons or enjoy $0.99 refills at Java Joe, The GQ and LSC Café!

Eco Products Eco Products

Looking for Styrofoam on campus? You won’t find it! In Spring 2012, Muhlenberg Dining committed to replacing any Styrofoam packaging with eco-friendly alternatives. All of our disposable service ware, including cups, plates and clam shells, are made of recycled paper.

Cups & Bowls… are offered in all of our locations, including the Wood Dining Commons. They are lined with PLA plastic and are fully compostable and made from renewable materials.

Sugarcane Bowls & Plates… are made from sugarcane and are a welcome, eco-friendly solution to traditional plastic or polystyrene. Strong, durable and liquid resistant, sugarcane fiber products are compostable and made from a fast growing, renewable material. These are used in our retail locations and at the Noshery in the Wood Dining Commons.

Plant Starch Cutlery… is primarily made from renewable plant starch materials. These are available in our retail locations and at the Wood Dining Commons. 

Earth Day 2012

When Muhlenberg College celebrated Earth Day in 2012, the all-day event intrigued the local media, WFMZ-69 to be specific. Reporter Melanie Falcon came to campus to cover the celebration and the many greening initiatives at Muhlenberg College.

To watch Melanie’s coverage of Earth Day, please click here!

Muhelnberg Sustainability Muhlenberg Sustainability

To learn more about Muhlenberg's sustainability efforts, please click here!

Sodexo ranks top in 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for 9th consecutive year

Among the highlights of Sodexo’s corporate responsibility achievements in 2013 was its classification as a Gold Class sector leader in sustainability by RobecoSAM at the World Economic Forum 2013 in Davos; its recognition of Sodexo’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, a pillar of its human resources philosophy, by DiversityInc; and its worldwide agreement on wild-caught seafood with the Marine Stewardship Council.

To read the full story, please click here!

Sodexo & the Food Alliance

Together, Sodexo and Food Alliance take responsibility for educating our customers and others in the food system about the benefits of sustainable agriculture. Every day, we make choices in the ingredients we buy and the food we eat. This directly impacts our lives- not just what we eat, but the water we drink, the air we breathe and the health of our communities. Our Food Alliance guiding principles are:

  • Protecting and conserving water resources
  • Protecting and enhancing soil resources
  • Conserving and recycling nutrients
  • Reducing the environmental and health impacts of pesticides by practicing Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Conserving and enhancing wildlife habitat
  • Providing safe and fair working conditions for our employees
  • Producing Food Alliance certified crops without the use of genetically modified organisms (GMO's)
  • Providing healthy and humane care for livestock
  • Continually improving farming/ranching practices

Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow Plan

Your dining experience is more than great food just like sustainability is more than simply saying we are going “green.”  At Sodexo, we understand the best way to have a better today and a better tomorrow is to be proactive for your healthfor your community and for your planet.

STOP Hunger

Every day, Sodexo serves hundreds of thousands of nutritious meals. Yet according to the USDA across our nation 50 million people are at risk of hunger, including more than16 million children. That represents one in five children that face hunger -- preventing them from reaching their full potential. As the leading provider of Quality of Life Services, fighting hunger is the focus of our community service efforts. As part of Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow commitments, our STOP Hunger program mobilizes entire Sodexo communities, including employees, consumers, clients and suppliers to join forces to make a difference and end hunger. Sodexo’s STOP Hunger program spans across 6 continents in 42 Sodexo host countries.