Eating well and living well go hand-in-hand. That's why Metz pledges to do our part to be good stewards of the earth's natural resources. Our sustainable efforts meet our customers' needs today, while protecting our environment for future generations. We are committed to working closely with our partners at LVC and our vendors in executing environmentally responsible initiatives and programs. Here is a list of Metz/LVC partnered sustainable efforts:
The T.A.S.T.E. Initiative is designed for our guests to focus on sustainable meal choices and eating practices. This program aids in reduction food waste in front of the house. The goal of T.A.S.T.E. is to reduce post-consumer waste by education guests about the effects of food waste by focusing on the social, global, and environmental impact. Incentives are handed out to encourage participation and awareness about sustainable choices and practices.
Sample It! is designed to promote trying a sample of your food item before taking a large helping and realizing it isn't for you. Come back and get more if you love your sample! It also encourages our students to try things that they normally may not eat, such as quinoa, couscous, or tofu.
Our program shares food facts with the students to help encourage them to eat the food they have chosen to put on their plate. This program also shares interesting facts about food waste and reducing our carbon footprints by eating more local foods. For example, more than 4.5 million tons of food is wasted every year in the U.S. including approximately 25% of all edible food. That's enough to fill the Rose Bowl every single day.
Mom's Clean Plate Club encourages our students to finish their meal, just like they would have to at their own homes. It also encourages student/employee interaction because the students are encouraged to show "mom" their clean plate to receive special awards and prizes.
SMART (Sustainable Meals Aiding Responsible Tastes) Plates are also part of Metz's Live Well line, which has its own guidelines. In addition to the Live Well guidelines, the SMART plate must include foods that are sourced within a 100 mile radius of campus. SMART Plate are designed to contain the proper portion size, seasonal foods, no beef or cheese items, limited processed food, and no air-freighted food.
The T.A.S.T.E. Card program is a rewards program for customers who are participating in our T.A.S.T.E. Initiative. Students may pick up a T.A.S.T.E. card at the checker station. Participate in the Initiatives described above and receive stamps on your card. Collect 10 stamps and trade your card in for a T.A.S.T.E. token. Collect more tokens by turning in more T.A.S.T.E. cards. T.A.S.T.E. tokens can be turned in for the following prizes.
- 1 Token - Choose a Featured Ice Cream Flavor for a meal
- 2 Tokens - Free Drink at Intermetzo
- 3 Tokens - Free 6" Hero at Dutchmen Den
- 4 Tokens - Free Metz Premium
- 5 Tokens - $15.00 in Flex
- 6 Tokens - $25.00 in Flex
Keep collecting! More tokens equals more prizes!
Food Waste Study
- Bi-Weekly students will weigh dining hall waste on Chicken Tender Thursday. We will quantify with a dollar value throughout the fall semester to monitor our progress.
- Waste Studies - Pre-Consumer (Kitchen) waste will be measured daily and progress will be monitored.
- Waste Studies - Food waste from the dining hall food lines, retail, and catering will be measured separately and progress will be monitored.
Other Sustainable Initiatives
- Metz uses local vendors with in a 100 mile radius. All local vendors are PA preferred
- Reusable food trays are used for the student takeout program
- Metz uses eco-friendly, bio-degradable disposables when washable flatware and cups are not available
- Metz management serves on the LVC Sustainability Committee
- We recycle all recyclable waste
- All oil is trans fat free and used oil is recycled locally
- Digital signage for all food stations and retail outlets with estimated savings of 20,000 sheets of paper annually
- All equipment is energy star rated
- Increased vegetarian offerings and education to promote positive environmental effects of eating less meat
- Ecolab Chemicals - Less packaging and non-toxic to the environment
- Send leftover meals to local shelters and advocacy groups weekly
- "Green" cups will be provided to each student and should be brought to the dining hall by students to use for taking beverages to go in support of the "Green" Takeout Program.
- "Green" Reusable Bag program with coupon book for weekly promotions incentive at the Dutchmen Den.