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

Sustainability Initiatives

Your TCNJ Dining Services Team is dedicated to sustainability. We know we can all work together to make a positive impact right here at The College of New Jersey. In addition to the many initiatives we take on as a company, the list below highlights some of the programs specific to TCNJ. You can also click here to download a copy of our sustainability brochure.

Local Farms

We work hard to get as many ingredients locally as possible. Our professionally-trained chefs write our menus to take advantage of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are naturally in season.

Reusable Mug Discount

Help the Earth and your wallet by using our reusable mug on campus! All students on a Carte Blanche meal plan receive a mug as one of the benefits to their meal plans. We also have them for sale at select locations for faculty, staff and students not on a meal plan. Use your mug at any retail location, and you’ll receive a discount on your beverage!


Bottles, Cans, Glass, Cardboard, and Fryer Oil

Waste Minimization

To help reduce waste, we encourage students to go trayless in The Atrium at Eickhoff. Also, every student on a Carte Blanche meal plans received a free reusable mug. They can use these mugs at any location on campus, and receive a discount for doing so!

APEX™ Dishwashing System

As part of its commitment to increase the sustainability of its operations, Dining Services uses Ecolab’s Apex™ dishwashing system. Apex combines technology and products designed to save water and energy, minimize the impact of products on the environment, and has a built-in method of measuring results. Apex uses a unique combination of detergents, rinse additives, equipment and consultative services to address the operational challenges in foodservice operations. The Apex management approach uses a tablet PC and wireless technology to communicate with the system’s controller to download, process and analyze data to establish each foodservice operation’s “rack-to-guest ratio.” By monitoring and improving this ratio, the system helps reduce the amount of water and energy used at each facility, and improve total operational efficiency.

All locations will receive the benefits of using less water, energy and labor, thus minimizing their operations’ overall impact on the environment.

In addition, the Apex system further supports Dining Services’ sustainability initiatives with non-caustic chemistry and 95% less packaging material than current methods. Apex products come in a compact solid form that significantly reduces transportation shipments compared to bulkier liquid detergents.

Xpress Nap Holders

XPressnap dispensers are another solution to reducing energy and waste. They save 30% in paper over traditional napkin dispensing mechanisms. The great thing about these dispensers is that they help the environment while helping to keep costs down.  The napkins are made of 100% recycled paper and the dispenser will encourage customers to take (and waste) less napkins. Energy is saved because less power is used to recycle paper products than to create them from virgin material.

According to Xpressnap, enough is saved through utilizing recycle napkins to power 600 American homes for an entire year! More than half a million gallons of oil was saved – 38 tanker trucks worth – and 41 tons of pollutants were kept out of the environment. 4,131 cubic yards of paper were diverted from landfill space. This is enough to cover an entire football field with a two and a half foot deep stack of paper.
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