By protecting and improving our environment, the communities where we do business and the students we serve, Sodexo makes every day a better day and every tomorrow a better tomorrow.

Sustainability Initiatives

Your Sodexo Campus Dining Team is dedicated to sustainability.  We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here at Lipscomb University. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, we have implemented the following programs specific to Lipscomb University.

Local Farms

We work closely with local produce distributors to maximize the fruits and vegetables purchased from local farms. We also purchase from local dairies, and participate in farm to school initiatives.  Tracking local purchases helps us to meet our Better Tomorrow Plan commitment of 20% local purchase by 2020. 

We are proud to feature the following local suppliers (Click the image):

TN Local Food map

Biodegradable Disposables

Biodegradable disposable products, such as plates and bowls produced from 100 percent post-industrial reclaimed fiber.

Code of Conduct

Suppliers who adhere to our Code of Conduct, which contains principles relating to child and forced labor, wages and benefits, working hours, health, safety and environmental guidelines.

Erase the Waste

Bison Cafe- Take the Pledge to take only what food you can consume and not feed the trash cans.


LU Dining Office Recycling Program

Coffee Grounds

Coffee Ground Reuse Program

Cooking Oil

Collecting Used Cooking Oil for Conversion to Bio-Diesel Fuel.Partnership with 2nd Harvest of Nashville and Feed Franklin First for food donations.


Using Eco-Friendly Cleaning Supplies.

Simple Ways You Can Go Green

  • Recycle Smart-Visit or for a list of recycling alternatives
  • Recycle Your Batteries - Visit a list of stores in your area where you can drop off your old batteries from cell phones, digital cameras and camcorders.
  • Buy Water-Efficient Showerheads.  Buy low-flow models. A house of 4 people can cut their usage by as much as 280 gallons a month.
  • Adjust Your Fridge and Freezer Temps.  Refrigerators and freezers commonly use the most electricity in a household. Try keeping your Fridge at 37F and your freezer at 0F.
  • Use Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL’s).  They cost a little more but you’ll use less power and save money in the long run, since they last up to 10 times longer than regular bulbs.
  • Choose Energy Efficient Appliances.  Look for appliances with the energy star label.
  • Use an Old School Style Lawn Mower.  The new gasoline free reel lawn mowers are easier to push than the older models. Plus, with sky-high gas prices you’ll save money and get plenty of exercise. For those of you that need a powered lawn mower, try a quiet battery powered one from Black & Decker.
  • Solar Energy-  Try solar energy powered products for your house or patio. Visit for more information
  • Plant a garden-  Use plants and shrubs that are best suited for your climate. Not only is it a fun hobby but also you’ll use less fertilizer and pesticides.
  • Get Off of Junk Mail lists-  Visit for information on removing yourself from those unwanted mailing lists.
  • Buy a Laptop- They use less energy than those bulky desktop models.
  • Skip the Drive Through-  You save gas and put out less exhaust, especially if there is a long wait.
  • Wear Cotton Undies-You’ll reduce your exposure to harmful chemical pesticides in those sensitive areas.
  • Try Earth Friendly Body Products-  Products from companies like Aveda use natural substances and recycled packaging.  Become Educated About your Produce-  Learn which produce has the most and least amount of pesticides in them by visiting, as well as simply buying fruit that’s locally grown, in season, and buy certified organic when you can.
  • We here at Lipscomb University support local 
  • Buy Organic-   USDA Certified Organic foods are produced without antibiotics, genetic engineering or most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. You can also grow some of your own vegetables.
  • Make Compost Pile-    A compost pile will help reduce the amount of trash you produce a month. It is also makes good mulch if you have a garden, instead of buying expensive harmful compounds from the garden store.
  • Grill Your Corn in the Husk-  Instead of stripping the greens, soak the ear and place it on the grill. If you must use aluminum foil, just remember to recycle it.
  • Use reusable coffee filters-   Coffee is a staple of any college student. If you can’t find reusable filters, chose unbleached ones. Don’t forget the grounds make an excellent additional to your compost pile.
  • Do Your Grocery Shopping With reusable Tote Bags-  Some stores now offer tote bags that you can purchase with their store name on them.
  • Try Vegetarian Meals-    Not is it healthier, but raising produce uses considerably less energy than it does to raise animals. Start out slow by swapping out one meal per week.
  • Teach Your Friends and Family to Go Green
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