Reusable Water Bottles
Dining Services promotes the use of reusable water bottles. Bottled water is not a meal plan option in retail locations and filtered water stations are available. Students who want water with their meal can use the filtered water stations to fill a reusable bottle or a compostable cup. This program has decreased the use of plastic water bottles.
SU’s dining halls went trayless in fall 2012 reducing water and energy usage as well as food waste. Prior to the change, one-day studies were conducted to determine whether removing trays would indeed reduce food waste as expected. Studies have shown a reduction in food waste of 25 to 30% reduction per person in dining halls without trays.
Dining Services uses compostable products, such as coffee cups and napkins. The napkins used are made from 100% recycled paper. The paper hot cups contain 10% post-consumer recycled fiber. Dining Services also offers take-out containers which can be used over and over.
The student group, Campus Kitchen at Shenandoah, repurposes unused food from Allen Dining Hall to give back to the Winchester community, aiding in the fight against hunger.
The Village Composting Project
The composting project collected just over 155 pounds of compost from the Village apartments for the Fall 2018 semester. Fertile compost will be used in the campus garden and at the Cool Spring property garden.