Our Initiatives

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

A Better Tomorrow Plan

As a guest, it is easy to make smart environmental choices when you dine with us. We know today's college students want to do the right thing for the planet and we also understand you lead busy lives, so your Bentley Dining chefs and managers do a lot of the work for you behind the scenes! 

From purchasing local seasonal produce whenever possible to reducing inorganic and organic waste, your campus team is dedicated to providing you with an exceptional dining experience that is good for you and good for the planet. 

This commitment was formalized with Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Plan. The Better Tomorrow Plan includes 9 commitments for a brighter future.

If you have additional comments or questions, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Local Suppliers

We work closely with local vendors to maximize the amout of product we purchase from the local community. We also participate in farm to school initiatives.  Tracking local purchases helps us to meet our Better Tomorrow Plan commitment of 20% local purchase by 2020.  

Sustainable Fish and Seafood

We are committed to serving sustainable seafood and fish.  Our seafood comes right from Boston.  Red's Best Seafood of Boston is a wholesaler who distributes fish caught locally by independent fishermen to continue to the growth of the fishing industry and New England tradition.

New England Fair Trade Coffee

Going forward by giving back.  We are proud to feature Fair Trade USA certified coffee. New England Fair Trade Coffee meets the Fair Trade standards as being a partnership that is based on dialogue, transparency, respect and seeks greater equity in international trade.

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.

Sustainable Catering

All it takes are a few simple steps to more sustainable catered events. We feature menus that are locally grown, seasonal, organic, vegetarian and/or well balanced. We use china serviceware whenever possible, but if necessary, we try to use compostable and/or recyclable disposableware.  We strive to eliminate bottled beverages when possible by replacing them with pitchers of drinks and reusable glassware.

Each season we unveil a catering menu that highlights the season's bounty. Not only does it increase variety, it also features food that is in season.

For additional information about greening your event, please email.

Food for Free

Food for Free is a non-profit organization that is bridging the gap between hunger and waste. Food for Free collects untouched and unwanted food, repackages it into person meals and distributes it to those in need. Bentley Dining Services now packages prepared untouched food at the end of each meal period. It is then frozen and picked up by Food for Free. During the Fall 2017 Semester Food for free has collected an estimated 1,460 lbs. of food, equating to over 1200 complete meals for those in need.

Composting

Food waste in landfills creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is 21x more potent than CO2. (www.epa.gov) Our first priority is to reduce food waste. We compost food waste that is unavoidable which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and can also be used to amend soil thereby increasing drought tolerance, improving soil structure and health and reducing need for water and fertilizers. 

Local Results: Our pre-consumer food waste is collected and composted at Waltham Fields Community Farm.

Reusable Cup

The environment and your pocketbook win! Bring your own reusable cup to purchase coffee or a fountain soda on campus and receive a discount at every location, every time.

Eco Friendly Green Container

Green Box to-go containers are now available for purchase at the 921. Buy yours today!

The reusable container can be purchased at the 921 for a one time fee of $5. You can fill the container with food items from the 921. When you are ready for another meal, you can simply bring back the dirty container to the cashier and exchange it for a clean one. For time you are not taking food-to-go, you can trade the box for a Green Clip which can be exchanged for a new Green Box at any time. Don't forget to bring your own tumbler for beverages.

Cash or credit can be used to purchase a Green Box. $5 is the cost of the box. Food items are priced separately. 

Other Initiatves

  • Trayless dining at The 921
  • Xprss Nap Dispensers
  • Recycling
  • APEX Dishwashing System