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Garden Clean Up at Madison Garden

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Caroline Rust
Sustainability Coordinator
JMU Dining Services

    Study Hard, Eat Plenty, WASTE NOTHING!
Are you a RecycleManiac? JMU is once again participating in RecycleMania, an 8 week national competition to promote waste reduction activities in campus communities beginning FEBRUARY 3rd through MARCH 31st.  Do your part- Learn more about how to SORT here on campus.  Be sure to keep an eye out for the sorting stations within Festival, Dukes, and Top Dog!

Our Mission:

JMU Dining Services strives to become more sustainable and efficient in their everyday operations. We work to reduce our environmental footprint while delivering exceptional service results.  We also offer expertise and practical solutions to our campus partners to help them reduce their environmental impacts.  Our goals are to develop and implement long-term environmental stewardship programs and policies within the areas of sustainable food; responsible procurement; green buildings; energy and water conservation; transportation; and waste stream management. These programs and policies are called Green Thread as they weave throughout our business operations every day.  Click the Green Thread link to the left to learn more!

What we have been up to?

  • The Dining Services, “Let Nothing Be Wasted” campaign continues to donate wholesome food that has not been sold to the local food bank through the “The Harvest Program”.
  • TRAYLESS dining facilities! Did you know for every tray used: more than ½ gallon of water is wasted in the cleaning process and allows for detergents to enter the water table? Consider this: More than 3,000 people eat daily at D-hall, that’s 3,000 less trays, that’s quite an impact!
  • We are proud participants of the Virginia Green campaign!  Virginia Green is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s campaign to promote environmentally-friendly practices in all aspects of Virginia’s tourism industry. Virginia Green encourages its participants to reduce their environmental impacts in all aspects of their operations; and this profile provides a full list of all their “green” activities.
  • Check out our Let’s Go Local! facility which takes advantage of local seasonal produce whenever possible.

  • Since Spring 2009, JMU Dining Services has been recycling 100% of its fryer oil into biodiesel with Greenlight Biofuels
  • Since 2008 JMU Dining Services has been teaming up with local farming venders to provide an on-campus farmers market. Go to our Farmer’s Market link to learn more! 

                            Sustainable Foods

As part of our local purchasing initiative, JMU Dining Services is teaming up with Produce Source Partners, Virginia’s largest independent produce distributor. Produce Source Partners supports farmers in Virginia and North Carolina. The map below identifies different local farmer dining services uses at their locations on a daily basis.

We partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program to allow us to buy and consume sustainable seafood.

Fair Trade coffee is available at all Starbucks and Java City locations on Campus.
In addition to promoting environmentally sustainable farming methods, Fair Trade products also promote fair prices, fair labor conditions, direct trade, and community development.

 In partnership with Produce Source Partners, we are able to source many items from right here in the state of Virginia!  

                                                            What Can YOU Do?


                                  REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!!


  • Want to contribute to the efforts of lessening the amount of waste going to the landfills? Take advantage of our Reusable Carry Out containers which are available for $3.49 at Mrs. Green’s and Let’s Go.
  • Keep an eye out for our new compost bins in our JMU dining facilities! Click here for a guide of compostable items!
  • You know that free JMU reusable mug you have? Well not only is it a collector’s item, but it also reduces waste in landfills, as well gets you discounts on refills and coffees!
  • Reusable bags are sold in all food courts on campus to help reduce the number of plastic bags used.


Recycle and Composting




            Composting: Process whereby organic wastes, including food waste, paper, and      yard waste, decompose naturally, resulting in a product rich in minerals and ideal for gardening and farming as soil conditioners, mulch, resurfacing material, or landfill cover.

JMU Dining Services proudly partners with Black Bear Composting located in central VA to reduce the amount of waste entering the landfills. We’re not just composting in our kitchens anymore! Want to help support our efforts? Keep an eye out for our new compost bins in our JMU dining facilities! Click here for a guide of compostable items!


Need volunteer hours? Interested in seeing how much compost and recyclables are being thrown away? Volunteer to “Man the Bins” to help promote and peer educate compost and recycling behavior among the Duke Dog Nation! Click on the links to the left to sign up!

                                                            Madison Garden


Madison Garden came to fruition through the JMU Student Challenge 2012. This challenge is an entrepreneurial student competition designed to promote environmental stewardship.  The winning entry proposed development of an on-campus garden. This garden was constructed in spring 2013 in response to this winning proposal. We are giving back to the community by donating the produce to the local food bank. Thank you to the partners who made this garden possible -- JMU Dining Services, Facilities Management, JMU Center for Entrepreneurship and the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability.

For more information on JMU's commitment to the environment, please click here.