University changes dining program for the environment

Posted: Wednesday, November 12, 2008

JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast and NMS, the dining services provider for the UAS community, have partnered to introduce a variety of environmentally friendly practices as part of the institutions' sustainability initiative. A small sample of the programs that have been executed to date include:

• Purchased china for use in Mourant Café to reduce the amount of disposable items destined for the landfill.

• Provided biodegradable disposable containers for those who desire to enjoy their meal outside the Café.

• Implemented the Apex program for more efficient dishwashing. This program provides an additional benefit of reducing packaging for the detergent by 95 percent over the previous product, reducing both shipping weights and landfill waste.

• Introduced the Xpressnap® napkin program that utilizes 100 percent post-consumer recycled products versus virgin fiber paper.

The introduction of the Xpressnap® napkin program will have a significant impact on the environment. The Recycled Products Cooperative (RPC) has calculated that each ton of 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper that displaces a ton of virgin fiber paper saves 7,000 gallons of water, 4,100 kilowatt hours of electricity and prevents 60 pounds of pollutants from entering the atmosphere. In addition, use of recycled products aids in the protection of wildlife habitat, diverts useful items from landfills (which saves both space and money), and helps preserve the earth's natural beauty.

"I'm thrilled with the positive response we have received from the campus community," John Ames, UAS Campus Dining general manager, said. "Each of these small actions multiplied by the many people we serve each day will have a tremendous impact on our environment-today and in the future."

This is just the beginning of the Campus Dining sustainability journey. Future programs include composting of food waste and searching for additional methods to reduce, reuse and recycle.

NMS is a limited liability company, owned by NANA Development Corporation, an Alaska Native corporation subsidiary and Sodexo. NMS clients include the oil and gas industry, federal, state and local governments, schools and universities, hospitals and clinics, senior living centers, air carriers, the telecommunications industry and more. NMS provides management and services in food, facilities, camp services, lodging, security and workforce solutions. More information on NMS and their services is available by visiting

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