Congratulations to Hofstra student Corie Kupferberg, who designed the logo seen here as part of our annual Sustainable Logo Contest! Corie’s logo will be printed on earth-friendly tote bags available in the dining locations and Farmer’s Markets. For information on our upcoming Farmer’s Markets, visit www.hofstra.edu/diningcalendar.
Lackmann Culinary Services’ Sustainability Vision
Lackmann Culinary Services clearly understands the importance of a sustainable environment. That understanding must be woven through the inner fabric of our company in all that we do and with all our business partners. As a result, the idea of a significant company effort has been underway and will continue to be a major corporate thrust in upcoming years. Additionally, we have put together a Sustainability Committee, that has created policies and programs that highlight our ongoing commitment to a sustainable environment. As a Company, we have a responsibility for corporate social responsibility, and must play a leadership role in putting the full force of our expertise, research and community outreach to do our part to solve the greatest challenge of our century.
Lackmann Culinary Services has already implemented a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, either directly or in partnership with our vendors, manufacturers, clients, or guests.
Food Procurement, Management & Waste Reduction
Local Produce and Products Program
Lackmann Culinary Services was proud to recently introduce our new Local Produce Program. Utilizing New York State, Long Island, and New Jersey produce wherever possible, recipes now feature the efforts and hard work of some of the finest growers in the area. While promoting these efforts, we are also contributing to a safer environment by using produce that does not have to be shipped in from across the country or from overseas.
Organic and Fair Trade Foods
We provide organically grown foods such as produce, meat and poultry, and packaged goods that were grown or produced using no pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Purchasing organic foods discourages the use of these chemical additives and chemicals that contaminate our water and soil. Lackmann has taken significant steps in the use of organic and fair trade coffee. Several of our coffee vendors, including Starbuck’s, Kobricks, and Pura Vida, offer one or more fair trade coffee brands for food service use.
A strict vendor delivery schedule has been created to maximize delivery capacity and reduce unnecessary trips for small deliveries. Lackmann has reduced the amount of CO2 added to the atmosphere by 20%, simply by eliminating one delivery per week.
Oil used for deep-frying must be disposed of properly, and we currently have in place a system for oil disposal at all Lackmann dining locations.
A majority of our dining locations offer china and flatware for guest use.
Reusable Mug Program
We encourage guests to participate in Lackmann’s “Reusable Mug Program”. Designed at reducing paper cup usage, the program offers .10 discount on all fountain and coffee beverage purchases when using the mug.
Lackmann Culinary Services encourages the use of recycling bins for all recyclable items. Recycled items are picked up on a regular basis, usually through cooperation with our clients.
Going Green at Hofstra University
Look for signs across campus promoting our efforts to create a more sustainable way of life.
- Recyclables are removed from the waste stream by Jamaica Ash.
- China and stainless steel utensils available at key locations.
- Reusable mug and sports bottle program; Offers .10 discount on all fountain and coffee beverage purchases.
- New Annual Going Green Event in April.
- Styrofoam free campus.
- Local produce and local vendors.
Lackmann Culinary Services takes an aggressive approach toward maintaining an environmentally sound dining program and is constantly seeking out new and improved ways to further develop our environmental plan. We are currently investigating new ways to turn Lackmann Culinary Services into the industry standard for comprehensive environmental preservation initiatives.
Click here for a printable version of our Going Green efforts.