By protecting and improving our environment, the communities where we do business and the students we serve, Sodexo makes every day a better day and every tomorrow a better tomorrow.

Local Initiatives

Local / Seasonal / Responsible Sourcing

Our Local Partners at Florida State University

Your Seminole Dining Team is committed to increasing local sourcing and partnering with Florida-based business owners. Our team feels strongly that we have a responsibility to drive the local and regional economic development of the communities where we do business. We will bring the best of what Florida, and specifically the Panhandle, has to offer the FSU campus community! Check back here often to see what's new and exciting!

Our Local Produce Supplier - Chapman Produce

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Seminole Dining is pleased to partner with Chapman Produce, which is based here in Tallahassee! The company, founded in 2010, currently employees 40 people locally! We look forward to all of the Fresh Fruits and Local Produce from all over Florida! 

Local vendor - Red Eye Coffee

OUR PROMISE Every time you purchase a RedEye product you are making the world a better place. Our coffee and teas are socially and environmentally responsible, and all our after-tax profits go to local and global empowerment charities. Red Eye coffees and teas, including cold brew coffee, is available at The Canteen & 1851 and the Doctor’s Inn.

Our Local Coffee Shop - Lucky Goat Coffee

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Lucky Goat Coffee is a Tallahassee based raostery, tasting room and coffee distributor serving clients across the country! Their passion is to highlight single origin coffees from unique growing regions with an emphasis on Micro-lots and distinctive flavor profiles. Their devotion is to explore innovative processing methods while focusing on the characteristics of each coffee we roast. Seminole Dining is excited to partner with Lucky Goat to provide their coffee in Retail locations across the FSU campus.

Our Local Taco Chip - TacoMex

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TacoMex creates fresh, authentic corn and flour products in Doral, Florida and has made an FSUnique garnet and gold tortilla chip for FSU! You can find this delicious chip in Doak Stadium on game day and in La Cocina in the Oglesby Union Food Court!

Our Local Ice Pop - The Hyppo Bar

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We are happy to announce that a partnership with The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pop company has been created and they have developed an FSUnique ice pop for the Seminole community! We will be featuring the Garnet and Gold Gourmet Ice Pop and you can find them for sale across campus as well as in Concessions at Doak Stadium. Founded in 2010 by entrepreneur Stephen DiMare in St. Augustine, his combination of local produce and special spices and herbs became the instantly popular, signature taste of the Hyppo Pop for locals and visitors alike. Flash frozen and full of the freshest fruit available for every season, they keep the Florida goodness coming all year long!  

Sustainable Fish and Seafood

We are committed to serving sustainable seafood and fish. By 2015 100% of our fish and seafood will be sustainably certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or the Best Aquaculture Practices. We do not purchase any at risk species.

Local Dairy

All of our fluid milk is purchased from local dairies that do not use rBST.

Organic

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Look for the menu icon identifying organic foods.


Sustainability

Your Seminole Dining Team is dedicated to sustainability.  We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here at FSU. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to Florida State University.

SMART

The Sustainability Management and Reporting Tool (SMART) is a comprehensive, yet easy to use dashboard that provides baseline sustainability performance, prioritizes initiatives, and tracks continuous improvement in four key areas - carbon and energy, water, waste, and healthy and sustainable food and environments.

Waste Reduction Efforts

Recycling

On campus we recycle the following products: cardboard, glass, plastic.

Weigh the Waste

Did you know that 40% of the food produced in our country is wasted? Periodically throughout the school year, we conduct a Weigh the Waste event. During the event, we weigh all of the uneaten food from guest’s plates. We consolidate the findings and report back to the community. We tie this to an awareness campaign that informs guests about food waste and its impact to our environment and our communities. We hold frequent campaigns in which we compare our results (and hopefully see our waste decline).

Xpressnap Dispensers

Xpressnap Dispensers save energy and waste. The napkins are made of 100% recycled paper and the dispenser will 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 Dishwashing System

APEX combines technology and products designed to save water and energy, minimize the impact of products on the environment, and has a built-in method of measuring results. 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 food service 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.

Bulk Condiments

Individual packets of condiments are useful in some instances, but they result in extra waste. If you are dining on site or you can add the sauce to your item before you leave, please use the bulk dispensers to reduce our waste.

Choose to Reuse

Choose to Reuse is a reusable container program designed to reduce waste and help achieve Sodexo's Better Tomorrow commitments by replacing single-use disposable food and beverage containers with reusable containers.

Printing on Both Sides of the Paper

To save paper, we use paper with recycled content and we print on both sides whenever possible.

Green Cleaning

“Green Seal”

92% of the chemicals we use are “Green Seal” certified, concentrated or sustainable.

Energy Reduction Efforts

Daylighting

The windows in our dining room allow us to enjoy a tremendous amount of natural light while dining. Natural light not only provides a more comfortable environment, it also reduces our energy usage by allowing us to turn off lights.

On/Off Protocol

To save energy, we only turn our equipment on when it is needed and turn it off as soon as we are done using it for the day.

Energy Efficient Lighting

Where feasible we have replaced our incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs to reduce our energy consumption.

No Idling at Loading Docks

Working with our vendors, our catering staff and our campus facility services staff to make sure all vehicles are turned off while they are parked in our loading dock.

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