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Mason is a part of Sodexo's Better Tomorrow Initiative, which formalizes a number of commitments to local communities and the environment.
Mason sources food, such as lettuce and herbs, from The President's Greenhouse, located adjacent to a student dining hall. The university also source food from an on-campus hydroponics garden.
George Mason University has previously partnered with The Farm Table, a food co-op to bring local foods to students, staff, and faculty on campus. Mason was the first university to work with The Farm Table, located in Richmond, Virginia.
At Mason, there are vegetarian or vegan options at every meal. At the Southside dining hall, the Simple Servings station offers allergy-free entrees, including food options that are nut-free, grain-free, and soy-free. Additionally, the Without Boundaries station offers a daily vegan or vegetarian entree option. Finally, at Ike's dining hall, the Eastern Market vegetarian offers do-it-yourself stir-fry meals.
Mason provides a number of low-impact dining events such as Fresh Fridays. This program highlights vegetarian entrée dishes and encourages students to eat more vegetables.
Mason has hosted several sustainability-themed dinners to celebrate interns and alumni of the university. These farm-to-table dinners use produce grown on campus and other local and sustainably grown foods.
George Mason University has several food outlets that highlight sustainable and healthy meals including:
--Freshens Fresh Food Studio: fresh, healthy smoothies and frozen yogurt
--Freshii: healthy salads, bowls, and burritos with a Mission Green
--Panera, clean, responsibly raised salads, sandwiches, and breakfast items
--Garbanzo Fresh Mediterranean, responsibly sourced, simple, and traditional meals
Mason student dining halls promote sustainable practices through various ways, including large posters and signs on sustainable foods at entrances and exists, and rotating weekly signs above the food counters to indicate the week's local food options.
Mason's College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a course on Sustainable Food Systems, which examines the evolution of US food systems. Students learn about the conventional agriculture and food systems and research alternative food systems that emphasize sustainability.
Mason's Student and Health Services offers a free service to promote general nutrition and wellness, vegetarian nutrition, and healthy eating and planning with a registered dietitian.
At George Mason University, trayless dining is implemented in all dining facilities.
The Mason Campus Kitchen, led by student volunteers, recovers pre-consumer food from dining halls and donates to local shelters and food kitchens.
Mason reuses and recycles all kitchen oil waste. Mason employs a local farmer to filter contaminates in used kitchen oil and is reused two or three times before it is recycled at Dar Pro Solutions.
Mason provides silverware for all students, faculty, and staff dining in dining halls, and silverware are washed with a high efficiency dishwashing system.
Mason offers incentives for students, faculty, and staff providing reusuable cups and mugs for hot liquids.
Mason has eliminated the use of straws in all its dining halls and as a result, removed over 318 pounds of plastic from their annual waste stream.
Information is from November 2015 through November 2016.
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