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For Your Planet

14 Commitments

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.

This commitment was formalized with Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Plan. The Better Tomorrow Plan includes 14 commitments for a brighter future by focusing on three key priorities: health, community and planet. Learn more about the Better Tomorrow Commitments.

While your Sodexo team works hard behind the scenes, they also count on student engagement and enthusiasm to spread the word about what you're doing together on your campus. We encourage you to work with your local Sodexo management team to continue to innovate and improve sustainability efforts in your community.

If you have additional comments or questions, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Local Information

UMB Dining installs new dishwashing system to boost its Positive Environmental Impact ... details here.

Sodexo feels it is our responsibility to encourage and act in a way that promotes sustainability at UMass Boston, in our community, around the region and throughout the world. Our sustainability efforts tie into our strong community focus and our regard for quality of life.

A better tomorrow starts today

Our sustainability initiatives and programs include the following:

  • Recycle paper and #6 plastic and below
  • Composting of left over food and dining trash
  • Reusable cup program, 10 cents off if you bring
    your own cup
  • Local produce from Baldor
  • Local Dairy from HP Hood
  • Purchasing from environmentally and
    socially responsible companies
  • Waste reduction practices
  • Offering of Fair Trade coffee at all locations

Grapes ImageWhy local?     

  • Local products spend less time in transit and therefore arrive faster & fresher
  • Chefs can offer different varieties of vegetables grown locally for flavor and character – rather than vegetables grown for interstate durability
  • Local eating connects guests to the environment by respecting seasonality and the unique features of our bioregion
  • Local purchasing eliminates the need for long-distance hauling and substantially reduces greenhouse gas emissions from trucking – limiting our carbon footprint
  • Local purchasing supports the viability of local farms and protects land by supporting sustainable agricultural use.


Coffee Bean ImageFair Trade Products

Fair Trade Products guarantee a minimum price for small farmers' harvests and encourages organic and sustainable cultivation methods that are safer for communities. The cultivation of coffee has become an issue with both environmental and human rights implications.



Cardboard ImageValue of Recycling to UMass Boston:

Financial savings—solid waste disposal tonnage costs avoided; Waste reduction - tons of waste not going into the waste stream.

  • Meets client expectations
  • Guest satisfaction
  • It's the right thing to do!


Flower ImageHow You Can Help

You can help us in our sustainability in a number of ways:

  • Don't waste food. Enjoy your meal but remember don't overload your plate.
  • Take only the number of napkins you need per meal.
  • Take only one disposable cup for each beverage



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Natural materials, foods, packaging, proper farming and trade practices, and recycling programs are just a few of our practices.

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