Saint Joseph's University

Sustainable Dining:

Dining Hall & Food Court

  • Obtain sustainable local produce within a 250 mile radius from campus for all dining hall meals.
  • Part of Aramark’s Blue Cleaning Program - disinfect with Electrically Activated Water in order to eliminate harsh chemicals, carbon footprint, allergic reactions, and environmental hazards.
  • Hold meatless meals on certain Fridays each month.
  • Distribute reusable water bottles and meal containers to all students.
  • Installed water bottle refilling stations - so far, the 30 stations have saved over 30,000 water bottles each!

 

Bio Bin

  • Campus dining has “Zero Waste” mission- all materials available are recyclable or compostable
  • Catering services utilize fully-compostable plates and utensils
  • Bi-weekly “Weigh the Waste” program - we openly separate student’s excess food into compostable or recyclable bins
  • Contract with Aramark- “Green Thread” platform emphasizes and supports Green Fund’s sustainable efforts
  • Green Fund sponsored the $20,000 creation of the Bio Bin.
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Recycling:

  • Implemented a uniform recycling and trash collection system campuswide in five phases:
  • 1- campuswide color-coded recycling & trash stations.
  • 2- recycling bins in all on campus residence rooms.
  • 3- recycling bins in each individual office on campus.
  • 4- color-coded trash bag system in order to improve the recovery of recycled materials from the housekeeping staff.
  • 5- removal of trash/recycling containers from individual classrooms to place an emphasis on the importance of utilizing the centralized hallway system.

Additional Recycling Programs

  • Battery Recycling Program
  • Writing Instrument Recycling Program
  • Ink/Toner Cartridge Recycling Program
  • Lightbulb Recycling Program
  • Hazardous Waste Recycling Program
  • Biomass Recycling Program

 

 

Cartridge collection
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Solar Panels:

  • Project had an initial cost of $52,000 and will continue to be funded by The Green Fund over the course of the next 3 years with an additional $60,000 investment.
  • Currently the system is only located on top of Hagan Arena and has 45 panels, but is scaleable
  • The Green Fund is working with current donors in order to identify more funding in order to expand this project to other buildings on campus.