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.

Sustainable Dining

Our Mission and Values drive our food focused sustainably dining initiatives. We also strive to continue to reduce our carbon footprint in many ways throughout our operation besides food service. The time is now, to make sustainability a priority. Check out all the ways Denver Dining is making a Better Tomorrow for you and generations to come!
-    Our Mission & Values
-    Real Food Challenge
-    Local Farms & Producers
-    Campus Wide Sustainability Initiatives
-    Food Recovery Network
-    Zero Waste Games
-    Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow Plan

Our Mission and Values

Denver Dining by Sodexo values strong relationships that are built upon honesty and trust. As a member of our community, it is our mission to tell you:
•    where our food comes from
•    who it comes from, and
•    how it got here
By sourcing responsible food from our trusted partners, we prepare food you can feel good about.


We feel that University of Denver students are conscientious consumers that make informed decisions about their day to day food choices. In accord, Denver Dining values:

Responsible Sourcing: We advocate local and sustainable foods systems by prioritizing Real Food Challenge requirements in our purchasing decisions. It’s our role to explain our purchasing decisions. Denver Dining practices responsible sourcing for the food that is served on DU’s campus.

Our Relationships: We believe in the importance of transparent supply chain dynamics. Therefore, Denver Dining educates students about its strong supply chain relationships that include our employees, farmers, producers, distributors and processors/manufactures.

Food You Can Feel Good About: We pride ourselves in using scratch cooking techniques that features the natural flavors of the quality products we purchase.

Real Food Challenge

RFC LogoIn Spring 2014, Denver Dining became a signatory of DU’s Real Food Challenge Commitment to purchase 20% local, fair, ecologically sound or humane food, what is called ‘Real Food’, by 2020. This commitment became a reality through the collaboration between DU’s Center for Sustainability, Students for Sustainable Food, Denver Dining by Sodexo and University of Denver’s Administration. Although having 20% Real Food by 2020 is an important goal for Denver Dining, we want to bring you Real Food Now! That is why it’s Denver Dining’s goal is to reach 12% Real Food by the end of the 2015/2016 school year! Learn more about the result of the real food challenge here.
To see and taste what we are talking about, look for the Real Food Label throughout the Dining Halls 

We believe that Pioneers care about where their food comes and how it is prepared. Centennial Dining Hall is dedicated to preparing food you can feel good about, featuring responsibly sourced ingredients within our classic comfort foods to international dishes. Many of our responsibly sourced ingredients are classified as ‘real’ food that is local, fair, humane and/or ecologically sound.  Continually increasing our use of ‘real’ food is part of our Real Food Challenge Commitment


 Featured  ‘real’ food items are: 
1.    Boulder Organic Ice Cream
2.    Frontiere and Aspen Ridge Beef
3.    Abbotsford Farms Cage-Free Eggs
4.    Raquelitas Tortillas
5.    Pappardelles Pasta
6.    Polidori Sausages
7.    Continental Sausage Brats
8.    Harvest Moon Baking Company
9.    Keen One Quinoa
10.  Corto Olive Oil

For more information about the Real Food Challenge, check out   http://www.realfoodchallenge.org/
To get involved with DU’s student run RFC chapter, message DU’s Student for Sustainable Food Group’s Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/studentsforsustainablefood

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Sustainability Initiatives

Sodexo is dedicated to corporate citizenship and sustaining our planet. Our goals are to focus on the environment, economy and society as a whole through various efforts. Here, at the University of Denver, we are working to make our campus dining and retail operations more earth-friendly. We have implemented the following programs to improve your environment, economy and society:

  • We currently purchase locally grown & produced foods from farmers throughout Colorado & include seasonal produce in dishes throughout the year
  • We purchase locally processed milk & dairy products Meadow Gold, which are antibiotic and rBGH/rBST free
  • Our retail operations offer Fair Trade, Organic, Rain Forest Certified and bird friendly coffees throughout locations on campus by serving Aspretto Coffees & Numi Teas
  • We use 100% reusable wares in both resident halls
  • We use 100% compostable consumer products throughout retail including coffee cups, lids, straws & to-go boxes
  • We are working with the University to use 100% recycled consumer products throughout retail
  • We utilize Tri-Bin parody waste bins, clearly labeled for Recycle, Compost & Landfill
  • We allow patrons to bring their own REUSABLE MUG for a 40 cent discount
  • We banned polystyrene (Styrofoam) and plastic take-out bags from all of our operations on campus
  • We offer reusable DU Green grocery bags for use in C-store locations on campus
  • We use the Apex by EcoLab dishwashing system, which helps reduce water & packaging
  • We participate in pre-consumer composting at Centennial Hall, Nelson Hall, Nagel Hall, and the Ritchie Center
  • We participate in post-consumer composting at Centennial Hall and Nelson Hall (resident dining locations)
  • We are trayless at both dining halls, which reduces the amount of water and detergent used in the cleaning process
  • At least 19 Vegan Meals are offered each week in the resident dining locations on campus
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Better Tomorrow Plan

Better TomorrowThe Better Tomorrow Plan is Sodexo's global promise for sustainability.  It is our sustainability roadmap for the next 10 years. The Better Tomorrow Plan includes 18 commitments for a brighter future by focusing on four key priorities: health, planet, community and our people. To learn more about how Denver Dining is implementing the Better Tomorrow Commitments, click on the planet, health, community and people tabs. For general information about the Better Tomorrow Plan, click here: http://www.tomorrowstarts2day.com/commitments.html
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