Our Initiatives

Norwich Dining is dedicated to sustainability. We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here in Northfield, VT. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to Norwich University.

Composting

Food waste in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is 21x more potent than CO2.  (www.epa.gov)  Our first priority is to reduce food waste.  We compost food waste to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also be enhance and amend soil health by improving soil structure, enhancing micro-organism content, increasing drought tolerance and reducing need for water and fertilizers. We collect pre and post-consumer food waste to create compost to be used across campus. Look for ways to get involved in these initiatives.

Xprss Nap

Xpress Nap Dispensers save energy and waste.  Not only are the napkins are made of 100% recycled paper, the dispensers encourage customers to take (and waste) fewer napkins. Energy is saved because less power is used to recycle paper products than to create them from virgin material.  

Apex

APEX combines technology and products designed to save water and energy, minimize the impact of chemical products on the environment, and measures our efficiency. 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 improve total operational efficiency.

Vegan Options

We were rated a B by peta2 for the quality of service at our Vegan offering daily menu variety throughout the academic year.

Local Suppliers

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 in the great state of Vermont! Here at Norwich we work with local farms such as Black River Produce, Vermont Smoke & Cure, Vermont Creamery, & Cabot Creamery to bring in the best products year-round!