The Office of Sustainability and Bentley Dining launched a new program in Fall 2017 to redistribute unused, leftover prepared food that is not consumed by Bentley students, staff and faculty to feed people in need. In the first semester of this program, Bentley donated over 3,800 lbs of food to Food for Free a Cambridge based nonprofit. Currently, Bentley pays a small fee to compost leftover food. Per the Massachusetts Food Waste Ban, Bentley is not allowed to throw leftover food in the trash. This program helps improve our triple bottom line.
Sodexo is Bentley University's food service vendor. The Better Tomorrow Plan is Sodexo's plan for a better future. It's a place where nutrition, health and wellness, local communities and the environment matter.
Bentley's Dining Services team works with Sodexo's prime vendors to source items locally wherever possible. Local products offered on a day are listed on the chalkboard in front of seasons (with milk, bread and ice-cream always local).Together with Bentley Office of Sustainability, local foods are always labeled to educate diners. Presently about 15% of food served in dining areas is sourced from local vendors. Sodexo's goal is to increase this number over the next several years.
Sodexo provides catering clients with the option of either biodegradable or china for catered events. Other sustainable options are also available (and recommended!) such as opting for a water cooler or pitchers of water with glasses over individual one-time use water bottles. It is very important to Bentley Sustainability to promote the reduction of waste at Bentley catered events.
As of February 2012, Bentley's kitchens' grease containers are picked up and recycled by Cape Cod Biofuels. Learn more about Cape Cod Biofuels and how they are making strides by converting our kitchen grease into oil to heat local homes.
"We are the only ASTM-certified producer of biodiesel in Massachusetts and we sell 100% of our biodiesel to Loud Fuel, located on Cape Cod. Loud Fuel then blends every gallon they sell of home heating oil, with our biodiesel. Our service and dependability are above all others. We currently service over 400 restaurant partners and 100% of all the grease we collect stays here in Massachusetts. Please take part in helping to reduce our environmental impact here on Cape Cod!"