At the University of Richmond, dining is integral to our commitment to holistic sustainability. The University’s Dining Services has initiated many measures to encourage sustainability such as buying local food, purchasing sustainably sourced seafood, using green cleaning via the Apex Warewashing Program, composting or recycling waste products, as well as giving back to the through collaboration with the Central Virginia Foodbank.
The Heilman Dining Center also encourages sustainability through monthly “Live Well, Dine Green” events. Themes like local tofu, local winter vegetables, and fresh strawberries invite UR staff, students and faculty to learn more about their food and its origins.
Through the use of Energy Star equipment, LED bulbs, and reusable to-go mugs and reusable food containers, Dining Services contributes to the University's carbon reduction and waste management goals. In partnership with the Department of Corrections, the Heilman Dining Center pulps food waste and delivers it bi-weekly to their site for composting. This project diverts approximately 20 tons of waste from the landfil per year.
The Office for Sustainability is working with Dining Services on an ambitious food data project to verify and track the sustainability of all food sold at the University of Richmond. All of the food that enters UR will be evaluated on criteria that benefit the producers, consumers, and community.