Our Sustainability Commitment

COVID 19 has negatively impacted the reduction of single use plastics on campus. Dining Services is working to change the impact where possible by:

  • The use of reusable bags for meal carryout
  • Using plates when dining-in at the Heilman Dining Center
  • Providing the option to use the 'HDC to Go' reusable green box program
  • Reducing food waste by preportioning and limiting portions on the serving line at Heilman Dining Center.

This year we will continue to support the following:

  • Buy Local: We are always expanding our list of local vendors as they become available. Some the items we purchase locally include: Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables, Twin Oak’s Tofu, Nabisco, Ready Mix Biscuit Mix, Sabra Hummus, Carolina Turkey, Smithfield Ham, Marva Maid Milk, Blanchard’s Coffee, Glenview Farms Cheese and much more. This year at the Heilman Dining Center we will be providing special signage for items indicating local vendors.
  • Sustainable Seafood: University of Richmond Dining Services' Purchasing works with a local, sustainable seafood company; Profish, to buy the freshest seafood available each week and puts it on the menu accordingly. Specific information is available on the profish website regarding their sustainability efforts and even where the fish used is caught.
  • Green Chemicals: Dining Services continues to subscribe to the use Ecolab’s Apex ware-washing systems that are engineered to protect the environment
  • Recycling: We continue to support the campus wide efforts to recycle Newspaper, Office Paper, Ink Cartridges, Cardboard, Bottles, Aluminum Cans and Glass at all locations. In addition Dining Services recycles Cooking Oil/Grease at the Heilman Dining Center with weekly pickups totaling 1,685 lbs this year.
  • Community Service: Dining Services joined forces with Campus Services at the Central Virginia Food Bank this Year to help pack backpacks. Dining Locations on campus continue to provide support throughout the year to Build It and Feedmore.

In addition:

  • Dining Services participates in the green offices efforts and is a bronze level participant.
  • Only purchase Energy Star equipment
  • Natural Gas
  • We are currently replacing Incandescent bulbs with led in the Heilman Dining Center and where
    possible in other locations.
  • Heilman Dining Center will continue to provide the reusable HDC to Go containers for purchase to carryout meals.