Dining Services

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.


E.A.T. Initiative

E.A.T. (Engage, Analyze, Transform) is a student-centered research group sponsored by the President’s Innovation Fund.  The interdisciplinary research undertaken by E.A.T. has two goals:  to improve the dining experience for students, and to dissolve the boundaries between the dining and academic spaces on campus.  Specifically, E.A.T. will use data-driven research to assess and promote the goals of ethical reasoning, understanding of diversity, and environmental stewardship.

Thus, sustainability is one of our core objectives and is central to two of our current projects:

  1. Experience More / Waste Less is the project directed by Ashley Smith '15. The ultimate goals of this research project include: encouraging students to be more mindful about wasting food; informing students of the short-term & long-term consequences of unsustainable eating habits; and getting students to develop more sustainable eating habits in the long run (altering students' intrinsic motivations). For more information about the project and to view the data from Fall '13, visit: http://www2.lvc.edu/eat/current-projects/experience-more-eat-less/
  2. "Environmental Ethics" is a course taught by Dr. Robert Valgenti during spring semester 2014. The eight students in the class will develop a sustainability project connected to the E.A.T. initiative and designed to impact sustainability practices in the dining hall.

To learn about all of the E.A.T. initiatives and to follow the E.A.T. blog, please visit: http://www2.lvc.edu/eat