Sustainability Dining Initiavites

 At many of our locations, we proudly serve ground beef, chicken, salmon, and seafood that are 100% fresh and delicious! Try a juicy hand-formed burger at T-Dubs and C-Street Grill, or tasty salmon at Quimby’s Rotisserie, or indulge yourself with tender chicken at 91.3 Wokery, C-Street Grill, or Green Farm Salads - all fresh and never frozen! By offering fresh foods, we aim to provide delicious and healthy meals for every person dining at TCNJ. On top of that, all eggs served are certified cage-free.

With TCNJ Dining Services, you will find that all of our desserts at Bliss Bakery, T-Dubs, The Education and The Library Café are baked in-house by our talented chefs. We offer freshly baked bread every day at 31 North Deli and at SubConnection. We also prepare and bake our own whole wheat dough daily reducing the need for deliveries, gasoline usage and carbon emissions.

All resident students who purchase a Carte Blanche or A la Carte meal plan will receive a free refillable mug designed by a TCNJ student. These mugs not only look great, they encourage the reduction of paper waste and are the only approved beverage vessel allowed in the Library!

TCNJ Dining Services offers students discounts on refills of fountain  beverages, poured coffee and espresso based drinks at any dining location on campus.

The Better Tomorrow Plan

The Better Tomorrow Plan is Sodexo’s global promise and roadmap for sustainability over the next 10 years. It is made up of 18 commitments under four core priorities: 

  • A Responsible Employer 
  • The Environment 
  • Local Communities 
  • Nutrition, Health & Wellness 
Through these 18 commitments, we will work to minimize our environmental and social impact across the country. We seek to restore natural systems and enhance the quality of life in the communities where we operate – leaving a Better Tomorrow. To learn more about the Better Tomorrow Plan, visit: tomorrowstarts2day.com

Stop Hunger

The College of New Jersey Dining Services hosts a Helping Hands Across America Food Drive to give back to our community and benefit the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank in Trenton, NJ. We work with organizations on campus to host a campus-wide challenge to collect non-perishable food. Since 2010, we have been overwhelmed with the generosity of our student community as well as our faculty and staff.

Health & Wellness

At TCNJ, the health and well-being of our community are vital. We actively promote the importance of nutrition, health, and wellness through our Mindful program. Mindful offerings feature healthy dining options that are well balanced, lower in calories, fat, sodium, and cholesterol, so that a healthier lifestyle is an easy choice. We list nutritional information throughout our dining locations and on our website to better inform our students about what they are eating. 
 
Our students can also take advantage of our two wellness kiosks in Eickhoff where they can look up nutritional information and read articles on living healthy lifestyles. Students can also contact our Registered Dietitian regarding any allergies or special dietary needs at sdhrd@tcnj.edu or send a text to 82257 and include the keyword TCNJRD along with your message.

Vendors

The creation of partnerships with our vendors, local farmers, and companies across the United States has helped TCNJ Dining Services reduce our carbon footprint even more.
  • We have worked with our vendors to reduce the number of deliveries to campus and require a minimum order ensuring trucks are nearly full. This reduces pollution to our environment, while saving time and money. 
  • TCNJ Dining Services supports our local farmers in the tri-state area: PA, NJ, and NY. Offering locally grown produce is a part of our commitment to provide clients with fresh and great-tasting food while supporting communities where we do business.
  • We also support the tri-state community by purchasing baked goods from local vendors.
  • We partnered with Ecolab to use only green chemicals in all of our dining facilities.

Dining Services Committee (DSC)

We invite interested students, faculty and staff to join us for our Dining Services Committee meetings.
It is here where we discuss future sustainability efforts for campus dining.
Meeting times and locations can be found on our DSC page.

Fair Trade Certified Coffee

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Fair Trade helps improve the lives of coffee farmers by guaranteeing a minimum price for small farmers’ harvests, and encouraging organic and sustainable cultivation methods that are safer for communities.
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STARBUCKS Starbucks Fair Trade Certified selections are offered at The Library Café on a daily basis. 
 
ASPRETTO COFFEE We are proud to offer Aspretto, Sodexo’s signature coffee and tea brand, a fully sustainable line of coffees and teas. From the bean to the stirrer, everything that touches the coffee is sustainable. 
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Every bean and tea leaf is ethically sourced, as well as the packaging that surrounds them. The machine used to brew the coffee meets the highest standards of environmental performance; even all printed materials use 100% recycled paper and vegetable-based inks.
 
GREEN MOUNTAIN COFFEE Green Mountain Fair Trade Certified Coffee is offered daily GMCR_LogoUpdate_180x180at Fresh Pride Café in the Brower Student Center.