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:
Our Farm to Table Program:
Each year we visit our local farmers and invite them into our dining halls to meet our customers. During these visits we learn from each other, and discuss how we can maximize our partnerships.
Nova Scotia farms: Valley Mushrooms, Kings Processing, Vermeulen Farms, VanMeerkeren Farms, Keddy Nurseries, Sawler Farms, Driftwood Greenhouse, Hutten Family Farm, Basinview Farms, Noggins Corner Farm, John Foster Farms, Randsland Farms
Local suppliers: HE Keddy Brothers, Atlantic Beef, Tony’s Meats, Green Island Fisheries, Off the Hook, Staff of Life, Baxter’s, Farmer’s Dairy, Maritime Pride Eggs, Dover Mills Flour, Italian Market, Armstrong Food Service, Just US!
Our Sea-to-Table Program includes having the four dining halls on the Halifax Campus are Marine Stewardship Council Certified. To increase local sustainable seafood we have partnered with Nova Scotia’s Community Supported Fishery, Off the Hook to purchase from local fishermen.
Trayless, our dining halls removed the trays in 2008. This initiative saves about 3,000 litres of dishwashing water every day. In addition to conserving water, dining trayless also minimizes post-consumer food waste, and reduces the amount of cleaning chemicals entering the waste stream.
Napkin dispenser, one-at-a-time napkin dispensers, reduces by over 25%.
Bulk purchasing, such as condiments to eliminate single packet waste.
Reusable service ware, all four dining halls offer reusable ware by default. Upon request, your catering order will also offer reusable ware!
Hydration Stations, for reusable water bottle fill up. We offer hydration stations in the dining halls and our retail operations will fill your reusable water bottle. Refresh and refuel while helping to impact your carbon footprint.