What we are doing
Dining Services continues its committment to sustaianble practices and supporting the Dickinson College community's efforts to continually improve practices that impact our environment and the world around us. Advancements in sustainable practices since 2014 include the following notable initiatives:
3-Star Certified Green Restaurant since Fall Semester of 2015. There are only 250 restaurants in the country at that level and only 20 that have achieved the top level at 4 stars.
Reduced pre- and postconsumer food waste by 19 percent through food management software.
Replaced a 35-year-old vehicle with a new and more fuel-efficient model.
Since 2014 the Ecotainer Reusable Program continues to grow with each year as students, faculty, and staff take advantage of the inexpensive carry-out option.
Eco-refills encourage all guests to bring their own clean beverage containers in and receive a discount on regular coffee and fountain beverages thereby reducing paper and plastic waste sent to the landfill.
Catering Services offers Palm Ware in lieu of plastic plates. Palm Ware is compostable and will feed the College Farm whereas most of our plastic goods go to teh landfill due to the Chinese Recycling Crisis.
The Dining Hall is tray-less and has been since July 2009, reducing water and chemical use while encouraging guests to think about their food selections rather than "fill the tray."
Dining Services has employed a Dickinson Student as a Sustainability Intern each semester since 2014. Interns have documented food miles, food sourcing, validated aniamal welfare programs, and helped to identify ways to improve its practices.
Dining continues to review vendors to affect change such as moving from a national dairy contract to engaging with local farms and dairies through Rutter's, procuring as much produce from the College Farm as can be obtained, and purchasing from numerous local providers such as Warrington Beef Farm, Martin's Eggs, Three Springs Fruit Farm, Terranetti's Bakery, and in purchasing potatoes, pork, and tomato products from PA farms
You can learn more about DDS' coffee program and how it positively impacts lives and supports sustainable coffee practices by clicking teh link on the left side of the screen.