We work together to continually develop and implement sustainable solutions. Through Green Thread, our environmental sustainability platform, we bring innovative and efficient solutions to life. We are passionately focused on reducing the environmental impact within our operations.

Here are just a few ways we work to make our campus more environmentally conscious:

Local Purchasing

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Did you know Monarch Dining sources food from many local farmers, growers and distributors? The list changes throughout the year depending on seasonality and availability. However, our local fruits and vegetables come from Produce Source Partners located in Ashland, Virginia.

Recycling

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Dining Services recycles from all dining locations across campus. We are committed to minimizing our environmental footprint. Look for signs in our locations for information on where to put your recyclables.

Trayless Dining

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Did you know Dining Services has been trayless since 2009. By dining trayless, you have helped positively impact the waste stream. Dining trayless minimizes food waste, conserves energy and water, and reduces the amount of cleaning chemicals entering the waste stream.

Fryer Oil Recycling

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One hundred percent of dining services used fryer oil is recycled.

Food Donations

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At the end of every semester, Monarch Dining gives students the opportunity to donate unused meal swipes. Monarch Dining uses these donated meal swipes to donate food to local, non-profits like Ignite Pantry and Union Mission. 

Urban Cultivator

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Monarch Dining brought an urban cultivator onto campus, which is a hydroponic system that grows fresh, healthy and organic vegetables/herbs. Located in Broderick Dining Commons, this unit allows Monarch Dining to educate people about gardening, nutrition, and philanthropy.

Weigh the Waste

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Monarch Dining holds a “Weigh the Waste” event every semester to bring awareness of food waste on campus.

RecycleMania

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Old Dominion University is 1 of many colleges across the United States and Canada that participates in this annual recycling competition. Monarch Dining is involved with the participation and promotion on campus.