By protecting and improving our environment, the communities where we do business and the students we serve, Sodexo makes every day a better day and every tomorrow a better tomorrow.

Sustainability Initiatives

Your Sodexo Campus Dining Team is dedicated to sustainability.  We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here at Sage Colleges. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to our campus here a The Sage Colleges.

Local Farms

We work hard to get as many ingredients locally as possible. Our professionally-trained chefs write our menus to take advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are naturally in season.

On-The-Go Container Program

Our goal is to help the environment and at the same time cut down on paper costs. Eco-ware On-The-Go containers are availalbe to students. To participate in the program for On-The-Go dining, here's how it works:

  • Return your dirty container to Lonstrom Dining Hall at the cash reister where you are given a token.
  • As part of your next takeout meal occasion, exchange the token anytime for a clean container. We will wash your container for you!
  • On-The-Go containers are for Take-Out dining only
  • Lost your container? You may purchase a new container for $4.00.

Reusable Cup Discount

The environment and your pocketbook win! Bring your own reusable cup to purchase coffee on campus and save 15 cents off every time in any location.


Recycling food waste is an important component of sustainability and how we think about our environment.

Why compost?

Composting reduces methane production, returns nutrients to the soil, conserves water by forming soil that improves moisture retention, and participates in a food cycle that supports local food growers.

We have partnered with Empire Zero, which provides food waste collection services to Siena College Dining facilities. Empire Zero transports the compostable material to local compost facilities in our area in order to reduce vehicle emissions and rejuvenate the regional food cycle. Some of the facilities that benefit from our recycled food waste in our area are Almstead Nursery & Mulch in Ghent, New York, and the Schenectady County Compost Facility in Glenville, New York.

On average we divert approximately 13.5 tons of compostable material from the traditional campus waste stream each year. By diverting our compostable material from the landfill, we are taking a big step in achieving a zero waste campus.

Cage Free Eggs

Siena College Dining Services is committed to buying local, seasonal or sustainably grown or raised products in our community. Shifting to cage-free eggs is one more way we are proactively implementing commitments toward sustainability and to contribute to improving the welfare of laying hens.

Read more here about our comment to the welfare of animals and cage free eggs.

APEX Dishwashing System

As part of its commitment to increase the sustainability of its operations, Dining Services uses Ecolab's Apex dishwashing system. Apex combines technology and products designed to save water and energy, minimize the impact of products on the environment, and has a built-in method of measuring results. Apex uses a unique combination of detergents, rinse additives, equipment and consultative services to address the operational challenges in foodservice operations. The Apex management approach uses a tablet PC and wireless technology to communicate with the system's controller to download, process and analyze data to establish each foodservice operation's rack-to-guest ratio.

By monitoring and improving this ratio, the system helps reduce the amount of water and energy used at each facility, and improves total operational efficiency. All locations will receive the benefits of using less water, energy and labor, thus minimizing their operations' overall impact on the environment. In addition, the Apex system further supports Dining Services' sustainability initiatives with non-caustic chemistry and 95% less packaging material than current methods. Apex products come in a compact solid form that significantly reduces transportation shipments compared to bulkier liquid detergents.

Xpress Nap Holders

XPressnap dispensers are another solution to reducing energy and waste. They save 30% in paper over traditional napkin dispensing mechanisms. The great thing about these dispensers is that they help the environment while helping to keep costs down.  The napkins are made of 100% recycled paper and the dispenser will encourage customers to take (and waste) less napkins. Energy is saved because less power is used to recycle paper products than to create them from virgin material.

According to Xpressnap, enough is saved through utilizing recycle napkins to power 600 American homes for an entire year! More than half a million gallons of oil was saved 38 tanker trucks worth and 41 tons of pollutants were kept out of the environment. 4,131 cubic yards of paper were diverted from landfill space. This is enough to cover an entire football field with a two and a half foot deep stack of paper.

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