Originally Published by Sodexo.
Sodexo, a food and facilities management company committed to delivering Quality of Life services, announced that its Lair Marketplace at Loyola Marymount University earned over 400 GreenPoints on the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) certification scale, making it the first University dining facility to achieve this honor.
“We are so proud of our team at Loyola Marymount University. It is important to us and our clients that we prioritize sustainability efforts to lessen our environmental footprint on campus and in the surrounding community,” said Barry Telford CEO, Universities West, Sodexo North America. “This recognition demonstrates Sodexo’s commitment to our corporate responsibility roadmap outlined in our Better Tomorrow 2025 plan.”
Certified by the Green Restaurant Association since 2013, the Lair Marketplace earned exactly 403.47 GreenPoints, certifying it as a 4-star Green Restaurant, by implementing 128 environmental steps. GreenPoints are accumulated through seven environmental categories including Disposables, Energy, Furnishing and Rebuilding, Food, Chemical and Pollution, Waste, and Water. The Lair Marketplace scored the highest in the Energy category accumulating 163.56 points alone.
Highlights of the Lair Marketplace’s green accomplishments include:
- Recycling and composting program keeping up to 90% of waste out of landfills.
- The usage of Energy Star equipment which is 30-40% more efficient than conventional models.
- The offset of 100% of the Lair Marketplace’s annual energy use with Renewable Energy Credits supports wind power production.
- 100% of the Lair Marketplace’s lights are LEDs, which use up to 90% less energy, last longer, contain no mercury, and emit fewer greenhouse gases than incandescent bulbs.
- Over 70% of coffee and tea offerings are USDA Certified Organic, which are grown using minimal chemicals and in turn protect natural resources.
- The facility is Styrofoam Free, which keeps harmful chemicals and litter out of our environment.