Sustainability and Business Practices

Goals

Bryn Mawr College Dining Services is committed to providing the most environmentally friendly dining program possible and one that supports the Bryn Mawr College Community.

Local Produce

Currently Bryn Mawr College Dining Services offers local fruits seasonally, we are working to increase the proportion of local foods available in the Dining Halls.

Our plant-forward station located in New Dorm Dining Hall utilizes the following principles:

  • Plates centered around minimally processed foods…plant protein takes the lead!
  • Fresh. Seasonal. Local.  No added sweeteners and reduced sodium.
  • Transparent ingredient sourcing that is supportive of sustainable farming and fisheries.
  • Emphasis on healthy dietary patterns, including whole food, avoid excess servings and focus on calorie quality.
  • Encourage innovation and sustainability through food purchasing patterns and practices to advance community health, social well-being and our food system.
  • Reduce the role of animal-based foods; sourcing the healthiest affordable ingredients from antibiotic-free raised animals. If animal-based foods are served; prioritize fish, then dairy, then eggs.
  • Unapologetic elevation of flavour and quality

Take-out Policy 

Bryn Mawr College Dining Services is providing compostable containers for take-out for Spring 2021!

Composting

Composting services for all Dining Locations provided by Organic Diversions.

Recycling

We recycle in all of our dining halls and cafes, and provide recycling at all of our outdoor special events. Our napkins and paper used in our offices are made from recycled paper, to reduce paper waste. All print cartridges used in our operations and offices are recycled.

Ceramic Service

All Bryn Mawr College Dining Services operations offer ceramic plates and cups, glasses, and metal utensils for in-house service to minimize disposable waste.

Cleaning Chemicals

All Bryn Mawr College Dining Services operations use Ecolab cleaning chemicals in concentrates, used with auto-diluting systems and reuseable spray bottles, reducing shipping and disposal needs.

Direct Trade Coffees

All dining halls and cafes feature directly traded coffees, which means that the coffee growers received a fair price for their coffee and negotiate directly with our suppliers. We proudly serve Irmãs Worldwide Women Coffee Growers in UnCommon Grounds Cafe and The Lusty Cup. We are equally proud to serve Sun Coffee in Erdman and New Dorm Dining Halls.

Living Wage

Full-time staff at Dining Services are paid above the living wage for the Philadelphia area.

Student Organizations

Dining Services partners and works with Bryn Mawr College Greens and The Sustainable Foods Committee to continue to develop sustainable practices in our operations. Examples of projects include moving to bio-degradable take out containers, food waste reduction campaign, napkin use reduction project, and recycling.

Sustainability Leadership Group

Partners with this campus community group to identify further opportunities for sustainable practices within our interaction with the Bryn Mawr community and local area.

Philabundance

BMCDS works with Philabundance, the regions largest food bank, to provide food that might otherwise go to waste to those who need it most.

Waste Oil Pickup

The waste oil from our dining halls is picked up to find its second life as bio-diesel.

Trayless Dining

Trayless dining at New Dorm Dining Hall and Erdman Dining Hall helps cut food waste, conserve water, and reduce energy consumption.

Local Foods                                         

We purchase local foods for everyday operations whenever available. We also host locally sourced dinners (100 mile meals) at least once per semester.