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Sustainability Initiatives

What Dining Services is Doing

Pepperdine University was named among the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges” by the Princeton Review. Pepperdine Dining Services is a proud partner in promoting sustainability throughout our dining locations. Pepperdine Dining Services is committed to developing and measuring ways to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, promote responsible waste management and reduce the use of toxic chemicals. Our efforts will advance new models of sustainable community development through local sourcing, use of seasonal products and sustainably grown food.

Pepperdine Dining Services promotes sustainability daily by educating students on the importance of reducing paper consumption by dining in and using reusable beverage containers and china. For those students that need to get to class, Pepperdine Dining Services purchases compostable to-go boxes and provides 100% recyclable paper napkins. The main dining facility turns off the lights during the day and operates an environmentally friendly dishwashing system. We touch the lives of thousands of guests each day, and use those opportunities to encourage sustainable practices.

The Green Box

Dining Services, in conjunction with the Center for Sustainability and Food Committee, introduced the Green Box in the fall of 2013. The Green Box supports University efforts to be a sustainable campus. As opposed to using and throwing away traditional to go boxes, the Pepperdine community now has the opportunity to use a reusable to go box. Learn more about our program here.

What Pepperdine is Doing                                                       

Recycling at Pepperdine

Pepperdine's trash vendor, Crown Disposal, recycles materials from the refuse produced on campus. Traditional recycling relies on the use of specific binsto ensure refuse items do not contaminate the wrong bins. Crown Disposal requires only one bin, which eliminates the risk of recycle bins being contaminated with non-recyclables. Every single recyclable item discarded at Pepperdine is recycled with an average diversion rate of 78% of the overall campus waste stream. This means that an average of 78% of all waste produced at Pepperdine is recycled. During construction activities items are recycled out of the construction waste with a resulting diversion rate of approximately 80%.

Furthermore, Crown Disposal composts materials from the refuse produced in the cafeteria. The extensive sort process pulls out recyclables and other refuse leaving only the food waste. Recyclable items are then recycled, and the resulting food waste is sent to Crown Disposal's composting site. Compost produced by Crown Disposal is also used in landscaping around campus in place of fertilizer.

Other recycling programs include:

  • Green Waste Recycling
  • E-Waste Recycling
  • Clothes and shoes recycling
  • Construction Recycling
  • Proper Waste Disposal

For more information, please visit Pepperdine's recyling website.

Food Waste & Composting

Crown Disposal composts materials from the refuse produced in the Dining Services. The extensive sort process pulls out recyclables and other refuse leaving only the food waste. Recyclable items are then recycled, and the resulting food waste is sent to Crown Disposal's composting site. Compost produced by Crown Disposal is also used in landscaping around campus in place of fertilizer. Read more.

Water

Pepperdine has been very successful in efficiently utilizing water on campus and has saved a total of 4 billion gallons of water since the construction of the campus. This is important as California's increasing population is anticipated to reach 48 million by 2030, increasing demands on water supplies by 40%. Water supplies may only last another 20 years and some consider water availability the most considerable environmental concern facing California. Given the periodic droughts we experience and the increasing scarcity of water as a resource in California, it has been a top priority for Pepperdine since the 1970s to build a strong foundation for water conversation and recycling. Read more.

Energy

Dating back to 1986, Pepperdine has regularly evaluated energy usage on the Malibu Campus. The University is continually looking for ways to reduce overall energy usage and maximize the resources that we are currently using. While energy consumption is a challenging aspect of sustainability, Pepperdine has many systems in place to make our campus more sustainable. Pepperdine currently utilizes an Energy Management System to control most of the HVAC equipment, partners with Southern California Edison to obtain some of our energy from renewable sources, offers energy efficient lighting throughout campus, and promotes ENERGY STAR appliances. Read more.

What You Can Do

Becoming more sustainable across campus can start with a few simple changes. Below are a few examples of slight changes that you can make in your day that will assist our campus in becoming more sustainable. You can make a difference.

Reduce Energy Usage

  • Unplug your electronics and take a walk with a friend, go for a jog, ride your bike and enjoy the fresh air.
  • Unplug all appliances and chargers that are not in use. Anything that is plugged in, even if it is off drains electricity and increases our carbon intensity.
  • Turn off your dorm room lights when you leave your room.
  • Walk, ride your bike, carpool or take public transportation to work or school.

Reduce Water Usage 

  • Take a shorter shower
  • Turn off the water when you brush your teeth or shave
  • Scrape rather than rinse your dishes
  • Skip the tray! Trayless dining saves water and energy
  • Use a dishwasher vs. handwashing, if possible

Reduce Organic (Food) Waste in our Locations

  • Give up the tray! Studies have shown that less food is wasted when you dine without a tray.
  • Take only what you can eat. You can always go back for more!
  • Ask for a sample before asking for a serving
  • Pay attention to use by dates in your home refrigerator

Reduce Non-Organic Waste in our Locations

  • Use a reusable water bottle 
  • Use a reusable coffee mug
  • SKIP THE TO PAPER GO BOX and choose the Green Box
  • Use bulk condiments rather than individual packets

Support Fairly and Responsibly Certified Sources
Look for other certifications when making purchases:

  • Rainforest Alliance
  • Fair Trade Certified
  • Food Alliance Certified
  • Marine Stewardship Council
  • Global Aquaculture Alliance
  • Certified Humane
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