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University debuts initiatives to curb waste in on-campus catering

In an effort to reduce waste in catering, several new sustainable dining initiatives are being implemented at Northwestern University's catering services.

Though a program is still being developed, sustainable options for catered events include using china for events that take place in the Evanston, Ill., school's Norris University Center.

The efforts by Northwestern Catering, run by Sodexo, are intended to create a “zero waste” option, where volunteers collect and compost materials on-site, recyclable cutlery and drinkware are offered and the menu is inspected to reduce the amount of utensils needed.

“Sustainability is a priority for us, and we are excited to make strides towards our ultimate goal of one day being zero-waste in all of our events,” Stephanie Klafert—catering manager at the university—said in a release. “We are excited to take these steps forward in collaboration with the university.”

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