Sustainability: What We're Doing on Campus

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Engrained: Certified Green Restaurant

Laker Food Company is proud to earn a 3 Star Green Restaurant Certification for the sustainability efforts at Engrained.

Waste Management

  • Composting is the process of recycling organic waste material into natural fertilizer. Pre- and post-consumer composting is available at all Laker Food Company restaurants.
  • Single-stream recycling is available campus-wide. Look for a designated recycling bin at dining locations.
  • Landfill streams are reserved for waste that cannot be recycled or composted. We provide composting and recycling to minimize the amount of waste needed to go to landfill.
  • Items that belong in each waste stream can be found on the respective trash bin.
  • Learn more about Waste Sorting.

Sustainable Products

  • ​​​​​​Eliminating single-use plastics in front of house offerings, including straws, cutlery, napkins, stir-sticks, cups, and lids.  
  • Coolfood Meals - menu items that are made with ingredients that have a lower environmental impact and a certified nutritional safeguard.  
  • Over 30% local spend
  • Use of local food distributor since 2014, Gordon Foods, headquartered in Grand Rapids
  • Fair Trade coffee and tea brands, including Java City, Starbucks, Bewley's and Tazo.
  • Use of local dairy since 2010, Cedar Crest Dairy Hudsonville, MI
  • Use of Cage-Free Eggs since 2011

Social Efforts

  • Partnership with GVSU's Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP)
    • In 2008 Laker Food Co. donated $5,000 toward construction of the initial hoop houses 
    • Agreement to purchase produce from SAP since 2014
    • The SAP composts campus coffee grounds and utilizes Laker Food Co cardboard for garden beds
  • GVSU Campus Race to Zero Waste Partner
    • The Zero Waste college competition focuses on waste reduction and zero waste efforts campus-wide and compares their results to other campuses. Participants track all sources of waste generation in three campus buildings during the eight-week competition.
    • 2024 Results - Campus Race To Zero Waste 
  • GVSU Farm Stand hosts a stand that provides samples of fresh produce from GVSU's Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP)
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Sustainability Manager

Portrait of Allysa Babcock

If you have further questions about the sustainability efforts of Laker Food Company, please reach out to our Sustainability Manager:

Allysa Babcock

Phone: (616) 331-8636

Email: [email protected]

Page last modified May 8, 2024