Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Sustainability

TRU Food Services is focused on reducing the environmental impact of all its operations and partners, working closely with the TRU Sustainability Office on several initiatives. Here are some of the ways we make our campus greener:

Waste minimization and recycling

  •   All of our organic food waste is composted from each location
  •   We ensure that all of our packaging and materials are properly recycled
  •   All of our food waste is measured and tracked to provide data to assist in reducing future waste
  •   Zero-waste stations can be found at all our locations to promote proper waste disposal
  •   100 percent of our fryer oil is recycled
  •   Our napkins are biodegradable and made from 100 percent recycled content
  •   Our to-go cutlery is made from 68 percent renewable materials
  •   Our to-go packaging is either 100 percent recyclable or biodegradable

Energy savings and efficient operations

  •   The hot water used in our kitchen is supplied by a solar hot water system on the roof of the Campus Activity Centre
  •   Our kitchen uses a state-of-the-art ventilation demand system to reduce heated air escaping through the exhaust fans when not in use
  •   Plugged-in equipment is unplugged if not in use
  •   Lights are turned off in locations when they are not in use
  •   Many of the vending machines on campus are motion-censored so the mechanical components and lights only work when people are near the machine

Local suppliers and responsible sourcing

  •   We source food from local farmers, growers and distributors when possible (in 2017 14 percent of our total food purchased was from British Columbia)
  •   We serve Seattle’s Best Coffee Level 4 and Level 5 organic fair trade coffee
  •   Our seafood is certified by Canada’s Ocean Wise Program
  •   We proudly offer vegetarian and vegan food options
  •   We carry fair-trade-certified chocolate at all of our retail locations