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.
Our commitment to the State of Vermont
Vermont First is Sodexo’s commitment to the State of Vermont, our business partners, and the communities in which we live and work to support Vermont’s local economy. Through strategic purchasing and collaboration with stakeholders, Vermont First aims to grow market opportunity for local producers, stimulate job growth, and ensure the viability of Vermont’s working lands.
In 2018, Norwich University spent $233,439 on local products, equivalent to 7% of our total food spend. In serving over 3,600 meals a day, we utilized products from 84 local producers. That includes 43% of our milk, 59% of our cheddar cheese, and 100% of our ground coffee!
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.
In 2017, Norwich Dining Services composted 322,000 pounds of food scraps through our Grow Compost relationship. Instead of going into a landfill, these food scraps were re-purposed and returned back to the soil.