We know that today’s students have more dining options than ever before. Carleton University Dining Services offers customer-oriented eateries featuring broad and varied menu choices. We have created an environment that offers students quality, value, convenience and excitement.
Responsible and Sustainable Food
Currently, 24% of our purchases are comprised of local, ecological and humane foods; sustainable seafood, and Fair Trade / Rain Forest Alliance Certified coffees, teas and other products.
We support local farmers by purchasing produce in season – look for local vegetables and fruits within our locations, they change by the season.
Currently 93% of our coffee purchases through local concepts are Fair Trade and many are also organic. Last year we served over 35,000 Rain Forest Alliance Certified tea bags.
‘Go Local’ Wednesdays
Join us every Wednesday in the Fresh Food Company in the Fresh Food Company as we profile locally sourced food from farms across Ontario
Food Waste Reduction
This program helps measure, track and reduce food waste on campus – on average reducing food waste by 15% to date!
95% of our seafood is contracted sustainably as per Marine Stewardship Council, Best Aquaculture Practices, OceanWise Certifications, and identified as sustainable by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.
Initiatives are taking place across campus to divert food waste from landfills and cycle it back to the earth!
Separation and recycling of metal, plastic, glass and cardboard is happening at all our locations for both employees and customers.
Our fryer oil is filtered to help reduce waste and improve taste – usage has been reduced by 30% saving approximately 4000L a year and recycling the rest.
Recycling Oil into Biodiesel
Our partner ClearFry picks up our used fryer oil and recycles it into bio-diesel fuel, which is then used to power landscape vehicles.
We’ve eliminated the use of trays at all our locations. Removing trays reduces food waste by 25-30% per person!
No Foam on Campus
From September 2007 onwards we removed all foam replacing them with more environmentally friendly packaging.
Last year over 300 mugs were lugged – helping reduce waste and protect our planet.
Reusable cutlery, service, and glassware are provided at the Fresh Food Company as well as Classic Fare Catering to help reduce the amount of single use disposable waste entering the campus waste stream.
Where possible we source recyclable and compostable ‘To Go’ containers, bowls, plates, as well as cutlery across campus.
Our napkins are biodegradable and made from 100% recycled content.
Green Paper Products
Our EcoLogo Certified napkins help save 146 trees, 60,056 gallons of water, 34,318 kilowatts of energy, and recycles over 17,159 pounds of waste paper.
Our daily cleaning program uses environmentally preferable and Green Seal certified products with packaging that is also source reduced, recyclable or contains up to 25% post consumer content!
To help conserve water and energy we source Energy Star certified equipment where possible for all new purchases.
Our staff participates in Sustainability, Energy & Water Conservation and Waste Management training sessions.
As part of an ongoing initiative, LED lighting is used to minimize power consumption used by regular lighting.
Our dish washing machine outlets preserve water by having low flow nozzles that regulate its usage.