Dining Services participates in the WMU sustainability initiative to reduce waste, conserve vital resources, and protect the campus environment. Read more about current Dining Services practices to recycle, reuse, reduce waste and conserve energy.
WMU students have also shown tremendous support and initiated green projects to help make campus dining environmentally friendly according to the Western Herald student newspaper.
WMU Dining Service is committed to serving products grown and/or processed in the Great Lakes states (Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin). Items that are grown and/or processed in this region are labeled with our Locally Sourced logo in the dining halls. Find out more about locally sourced products in Dining Services.
WMU Dining Service is trayless in four of our five dining halls. The trayless initiative began in 2008. Based on food waste audits conducted in 2008, food waste was reduced by up to 30% when trays were removed. In addition to reducing food waste, there are also environmental savings that result from the decreased dish washing volume when trays are no longer used. Fewer cleaning chemicals are used, less energy is consumed to run dish machines, and their is less water waste. WMU students are applauded for their leadership in the national move to trayless dining and their immediate acceptance of this service style.
WMU Dining Services introduced the Wesustain EcoMug as an eco-friendly alternative to disposable packaging. The insulated travel cup can be used at any Dining Services Campus Café for fountain beverages, coffee, tea and cappaccino drinks. In addition to getting a discount on the price of drink refills, the reusable Wesustain EcoMug helps to reduce unnecessary landfill waste normally generated by styrofoam and paper cups.
Be kind to the earth! The Wesustain EcoMug is refillable, reusable and recyclable.
In WMU dining halls, students can select their own portions so they do not waste food. By eating in dining halls, students help to reduce packaging waste by eating fresh foods instead of pre-packaged single-serving portions.
Dining Services offers self serve, so students can choose just the right amount of food for their appetite, and they are always welcome to go back for more. All students are encouraged to take what they think they really want to eat, and get additional portions if they are still hungry.
Dining Service also offers cook-to-order specialty options, such as the Marketplace Grill, Valley I Sub Shop and Valley II Stir-Fry Station. These specialty options foods are prepared as needed only, which results in reduced waste and energy consumption.