Sodexo’s Lair Marketplace dining facility receives GRA certification

21st June 2018 (Last Updated June 21st, 2018 12:36)

Global foodservice and facilities management company Sodexo has announced that its Lair Marketplace dining facility at the Loyola Marymount University has received more than 400 GreenPoints on the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) certification scale.

Sodexo’s Lair Marketplace dining facility receives GRA certification
Sodexo’s Lair Marketplace dining facility receives GRA certification. Credit: PRNewsfoto/Sodexo.

Global foodservice and facilities management company Sodexo has announced that its Lair Marketplace dining facility at the Loyola Marymount University has received more than 400 GreenPoints on the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) certification scale.

GreenPoints are awarded in seven environmental categories – disposables, energy, furnishing and rebuilding, food, chemical and pollution, waste, and water.

Lair Marketplace dining facility has earned 403.47 GreenPoints for implementing 128 environmental steps, making it a 4-star green restaurant. It also received 163.56 points in the energy category.

Sodexo North America CEO Barry Telford said: “It is important to us and our clients that we prioritise sustainability efforts to lessen our environmental footprint on campus and in the surrounding community.

“This recognition demonstrates Sodexo’s commitment to our corporate responsibility roadmap outlined in our Better Tomorrow 2025 plan.”

Lair Marketplace’s green accomplishments include keeping up to 90% of waste out of landfills through recycling and composting programmes, using Energy Star equipment and offering more than 70% of coffee and tea products that are USDA Certified Organic.

The facility’s annual energy use supports wind power production and is Styrofoam Free, keeping harmful chemicals and litter out. It also used 100% LED lights to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

GRA is a national non-profit organisation that offers the Certified Green Restaurants mark in the US.

Sodexo offers integrated food, facilities management and other services through 13,000 sites across the US and Canada.