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GAITHERSBURG, MD -- Sodexo wants to inspire students who eat at its campus facilities to cut food waste to curb climate change. The message in the foodservice giant's latest "green" campaign is that food waste in landfills produces methane gas, which breaks down the ozone layer and leads to climate change. And by reducing food waste, Sodexo can save fossil fuels required to transport the waste.
Sodexo is challenging student customers to follow two simple steps: take what you plan to eat in all-you-care-to-eat dining halls and they come back for more you're still hungry.
"We are so careful to source and serve food for our customers in a sustainable way, but if locally sourced food ends up in a landfill then we're simply creating another environmental problem," said Tom Post, Sodexo's president of campus services.
In 2008, Sodexo called on all its college operations to give up trays, a move that reduced waste by 30% on average. To date, some 340 campuses served by Sodexo have stopped using trays.