Spokane, WA. July 2013–Zag Dining, a champion and leader for sustainability on Gonzaga’s campus, recently made a donation of $5,050 that is to be used towards advancing sustainability projects on Gonzaga University’s campus. The funds were procured through their “Go Green Meal Plan” program. First available for purchase in the fall of 2011, this voluntary meal plan, commonly called “The Sinto”, pledges that with each purchase of the plan, Zag Dining will donate $50 towards a sustainability project on campus.
Chuck Faulkinberry, Zag Dining’s Resident District Manager, was instrumental in starting this innovative voluntary meal plan. “We know that dining plays a significant role in the campuses sustainability efforts and we wanted to do something where our customer’s could feel they we were contributing to a greater cause,” stated Faulkinberry.
In the two years of its inception, Zag Dining has been able to donate a total of $10,250 just from this “Go Green Meal Plan” program alone. In 2012, the funds were used to purchase bikes for Gonzaga Outdoor’s “Green Bike” program.
This year, Zag Dining is working closely with Gonzaga’s Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability (ACSS). The funds will be used by the ACSS to help implement Gonzaga’s Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce the ecological impact of operations and to encourage the inclusion of sustainability themes in courses across the curriculum.
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Key Figures (as of August 31, 2012)
Sodexo in the World
18.2 billion euro consolidated revenue
20th largest employer worldwide
75 million consumers served daily
Sodexo in North America
8.8 billion dollars revenue
700 facilities management sites
Over 15 million consumers served daily