Sustainability at ECU
Reusable Container Program
Available for purchase at Todd & West End Dining Halls, Reade St. Market & Pirate Market
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What is the new TOGO membership program?
The programs goal is to develop a cost effective, environmentally friendly solution to the traditional disposable “to-go” container that will reduce waste, encourage more responsible dining habits, build community in the dining halls and reduce overall costs. This program is an opt-in program offered to students, faculty and staff at lunch and dinner only.
•Once you have chosen to enroll in the TOGO program, you will receive a reusable TOGO box for immediate use or a key tag for future use.
•Bring the key tag or TOGO box to either dining hall when you would like to take your food out with you.
•Also, bring your TOGO beverage bottle to take out a beverage.
•The next time you return to take out food, bring your dirty TOGO box back to either dining hall to receive a clean, sanitized TOGO box or key tag.
•You will keep your TOGO beverage bottle and will need to bring it back to the dining halls when you would like to take out a beverage as paper cups will no longer be available.
What is a key tag?
•The key tag is similar to one you would received from a grocery store rewards program.
•We recommend you keep it on your key ring so that you do not lose it. It enables you to receive a TOGO box when you return it to the dining hall.
•The key tag is used to redeem a TOGO box so that you don’t have to carry a dirty TOGO box around campus.
•If you choose to receive a key tag, you will have to keep the tag with you and return it to the cashier at either dining hall when you are ready for another TOGO box.
•If you forget the TOGO box or key tag, you have the option to purchase a replacement for $5.99 or you will need to eat that meal in the dining hall.
•If you lose the TOGO box or the key tag, you will be required to purchase a replacement for $5.99 in order to take food out of the dining halls.
•If the TOGO box breaks, bring all of the pieces into either dining hall for a new replacement box at no cost.
•You can purchase a box at either Todd or West End Dining Hall. You can purchase a key tag at Pirate Market or Reade St. Market for taking lunch out of the dining halls at a later date.
•You can bring in the box to be traded for a key tag even if you do not want to use a TOGO meal option at that time.
•You will NOT be able to sit in and/or eat in the dining hall with a TOGO box.
•Styrofoam containers and paper cups will no longer be used in either dining hall.
•Always bring your TOGO beverage bottle with you if you plan to take out a beverage.
•TOGO Beverage bottles will be given out with the program while supplies last.
•You may only take out food for lunch and dinner on Monday through Fridays and on holidays. You may not take out food for breakfast or on the weekends.
If you have further questions about the program, please contact Stephanie Sumner, Marketing Manager, at 328-2627.
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- Implemented tray less initiatives to save water, food waste and electricity. Customers are not required to go trayless, but are encouraged to do so.
- There will be no more straws in the dining halls.
- Reusable To-Go Containers will be offered in place of Styrofoam containers.
- Recycling Bins are available in all Campus Dining locations (bottles and cans).
- Recycling program for back of the house materials.
- Energy-efficient light bulbs are used whenever possible.
- Recyclable napkins used in all facilities.
- ECU Campus Dining participates in Recyclemania, a national competition for universities to promote recycling.
- ECU Campus Dining works with produce distributor, Freshpoint, and primary distributor, Sysco, to source locally grown products and alter menus to incorporate as much locally grown food as possible.
- All vegetable fryer oil is recycled.
- Fair-trade coffee served whenever possible at Java City locations.
- Refillable water bottles are used for our water and soft drink discount program in retail locations.
- Refillable coffee mug discount program is in place at Java City coffee locations.
- Induction, convection and pressure cooking technologies and methods are utilized to reduce food waste and energy consumption.
- Bulk dispensers are used when practical to reduce packaging. Products available in bulk include juices, sodas, milk, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, and most cereals.
- Whenever possible, we educate customers on the importance of practicing sustainable environmental initiatives.
- Full-time registered dietitian on staff.
- CampusDish kiosks provide nutrition information in Dining Halls.
- Nutritional information is available on the website.
- ECU Campus Dining seeks feedback from students board on menus and nutritional programs.
- Mystery Shoppers help evaluate standards to ensure quality.
- On-site Brand Manager ensures standards are being upheld.
Health and Wellness Initiative
- Nutrition programs held at least once a month in residential dining halls.
- Implemented Fresh and Healthy and Just 4U program to highlight healthier choices.
- Partners with Campus Recreation and Student Health.
Employee programs or benefits
- Thrive Recognition Programs seeks to recognize employees who exhibit strong customer service or performance.
- ARAMARK hospitality training implemented to improve customer service.
- ServSafe Training ensures that all health standards are being upheld.
- Kaleidoscope training program encourages diversity and tolerance among our employees.
Community/ Student Organization Partnerships
- ECU Campus Dining management team participates in the Pitt County Relay for Life.
- ECU Campus Dining management team donates items and monies to the Pitt Family Violence Program annually.
- Partners with the Student Government Association, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and Volunteer and Service-Learning Center.
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