By protecting and improving our environment, the communities where we do business and the students we serve, Sodexo makes every day a better day and every tomorrow a better tomorrow.

Sustainability Vision

NEW 2017 Summer CSA Program  

The Seed Farm is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to grow the next generation of farmers for the Lehigh Valley and eastern PA.  It is through our vegetable training and demonstration program that we grow, harvest, and pack the vegetable CSA shares distributed to Lehigh University. Since the inception of the Seed Farm, no synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides have been used on the farm--not a drop! They grow nurturing cover crops and spread compost on the fields to maintain soil health, and use organic fertilizer when necessary. We employ a number of pest and disease control methods, including protective row covers, beneficial insects, crop rotation, and even hand-picking bugs off our crops!

Sign Up? To participate in the CSA at Lehigh University please contact Carrie Gerencher at (484) 357-2258 or Rhonda Henry at (610) 758-5032. In general, Half Sharers can expect between 7 and 9 products each week.

Support local and buy your veggies from our CSA program offered to the Lehigh Community.  Download the flyer for details.




Swiss Chard




White Potatoes 

Spring Mix 

Sweet Potatoes

Spring Onion

Salad Turnip


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Lehigh Dining takes our social responsibility on the Lehigh University campus very seriously. We continue to lead the industry with innovative ideas and work closely with the University to meet their social responsibilities and expectations. Responsibilities fulfilled each year by Lehigh Dining to support out local community programs include by are not limited to donating non-perishable canned food to the Second Harvest Food bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast PA and to local shelters in Bethlehem's South Side.

We as a team also visit local farmers where we purchase our local produce which goes along with the University's commitment to help create sustainable change in Bethlehem and beyond. Lehigh Dining wants to thank the office of Sustainability and The Grow Club for their continued support and ambition to be one of the best sustainable campuses in the Lehigh Valley!

Sustainability Partnerships

Lehigh Dining officially partnered with Common Market of Philadelphia. Common Market provides fresh local foods to Lehigh Dining from farms such as Flint Hill Farm, which is located only 8.5 miles from Lehigh's Campus as well as many other local farms. Common Market's goal is to strengthen regional farms and make their items more accessible. Keep an eye out at all of the Lehigh Dining locations for local food! To learn more about Common Market visit: and check out this video from Common Market:

Sustainability Partners

ecolabSince 2008 Lehigh Dining Services has looked at different ways to lower our total impact on the environment and we upgraded our dishwashing system to the APEX™ Dishwashing System. In switching to APEX™ Lehigh Dining made a commitment to increase more sustainable dining facilities across campus. The APEX™ System combines technology and products designed to save water and energy, minimize the impact of products on the environment and has a built-in method of measuring results. Apex uses a unique combination of detergents, rinse additives, equipment and consultative services to address the operational challenges in food-service operations. Check out Ecolabs 2013 Sustainability Report Here. 

You see pumps like this across campus in dining locations. heinzWe would like you to know that Our Heinz Condiments are making a difference! They cut down on the amount of trash that ends up in landfills! Going with the bulk pump dispensers instead of 16oz individual bottles of condiments reduces the amount of cardboard and plastic bottles that would need to be recycled. Did you know? One dispenser pack of Heinz Ketchup is equal to 600 single-serve packets. 

pepsiPepsi has been a valued partner of Lehigh Dining and Lehigh University for many years. Each year Lehigh Dining plans with Pepsi marketing and promotions for the upcoming year. From the introduction of new products on campus to sampling events to donations to student events, Pepsi fully support Lehigh. Pepsi is a leader for innovative products that minimize their global footprint.  Check out Pepsi's 2014 Sustainability Report Here.


Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distribution of food equipment and syscosupplies to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Sysco is a valued and trusted business partner of Lehigh Dining. They fulfill a large majority of our weekly food orders from a single source company and they have a strong focus on providing quality products such as fresh beef, produce and Sustainable seafood. Sysco's Food Inc. 2014 Sustainability Report. 


filtaLehigh Dining has negotiated a waste management contract with Filta Fry, the world's finest cooking oil filtration and fryer management service. Filta Fry offers a green, eco-friendly, onsite micro-filtration of cooking oil, fryer cleaning and temperature calibration to increase the efficiency of equipment resulting in a higher quality product. 


Lehigh Dining Services composting initiative partners with Cougles Recycling Inc. Cougleswho partners with First Spring Farms in Maxatawny Township, Berks County. Lehigh Dining Services currently combines pre & post-consumer food waste @ Dining locations across the Lehigh Campus. University Center: The Food Court, Cort at Lower Cort and Catering/ Rathbone & Brodhead Student Restaurants/ The Hawk’s Nest @ Lamberton/ Lucy’s at Linderman Library & Common Grounds Dining facility @ Rauch Business Center. Lehigh Dining began a pilot program in 2011 that was so successful we grew our composting initiative to the entire campus in 2013

somatIn addition to partnering with Cougles recycling since 2009, Rathbone Dining Hall has operated an automated compostable waste dehydrator system to reduce pre and post-consumer waste that is added to the Cougles recycling bins.  The composting system uses energy efficient, automated control processes and requires no additives or fresh water during the decomposition process.  Visit here to see how process works visit Somat's website. 

Lehigh Dining Services also partners with Lehigh University which is a single stream singlestream recycling campus. A single stream campus is the collection of recyclable materials with no sorting required by individuals. Cans and bottles can be mixed together with paper and glass. The success of this system depends on individuals only placing recyclable items in the blue recycling bins and making sure that the items are empty and free of food residue. For more information please visit Landfill Free and Recommunity. 

Partner with Campus & Community

realfoodThe Lehigh Sustainability Office and Lehigh Dining Partnered together in early Spring/Summer 2014 gathering information to begin the The Real Food Challenge at Lehigh University. This program is a commitment by Lehigh University, the students on campus and Lehigh Dining Services to support a healthy food system that strengthens local economies, respects human rights, ensures ecological sustainability, and facilitates community involvement and education.  Lehigh Dining has offered up all food invoices from Rathbone Student Restaurant for months Oct 2013 and Feb 2014 and Students from the Lehigh Sustainability Office gathered the information into a spread sheet which would be exported in The Real Food Challenge website. Completion of first step with this initiative was fall 2014. As of Sept 2014 we now have added The Cort at Lower UC, Upper UC and Concessions Invoices to the Real Food Challenge calculator on campus. The overall goal with The Real Food Challenge is to purchase 20% of food from seed to plant by year 2020 on the Lehigh University Campus. For more information visit the Real Food Challenge's Website. To learn about Lehigh's Real Food Calculator click here. 


Sodexo and Lehigh Dining are committed to fighting hunger and malnutrition to end stophungar childhood hunger here in our surrounding community. We partner with local vendors, local community organizations and Lehigh University with donation of food back to our local community. Lehigh Dining connects to the community by Volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast PA, holding local food drives on campus, partnering with Lehigh University and Local School Districts with the Back Pack Pals Program which fills Back packs up for students in need of nutritious food, comfort items or basic necessities which is sent home with them each weekend. 

foodrecoveryWe also participates in uniting students at Lehigh University to fight food waste and hunger participating in the Food Recovery Network which supports the recovery of perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from campus and donate to people in need.


Sodexo managers and culinary teams created a program that connects local farmers growlv to our dining programs across campuses right here in the Lehigh Valley. Part of our of responsibilities with Grow LV are going out and visiting local farms to see what they have to offer and understand the process of growing food locally. A Facebook page was developed to educate our customers about this great way that we support our local community. We take pride in knowing we can source local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients right here in the Lehigh Valley. Please connect with us on Facebook for more information! 


BuyFreshLehigh Dining is committed to providing the students with fresh and local produce when in season and available. Sodexo is continually reaching out to local farms to partner with our vendors in order to maintain the high quality and safe food we eat. Our two major vendors we purchase from partner with a variety of local farms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (BFBL) is a national program that connects consumers to fresh, locally grown foods. The Greater Lehigh Valley chapter of BFBL (BFBL-GLV) is helping residents of Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties find, choose, and appreciate great locally grown foods, while supporting the farmers and lands that produce them. 
For more information please visit Buy Fresh Buy Local's website. 

Lehigh Dining purchases a member of BFBL. We strive to purchase fresh produce, dairy, meats, breads, and event planning rentals from local farmers and local businesses to support growth in our own communities.

Sustainability Initiatives

Did you know that 92% of the cleaning chemicals that Lehigh Dining uses across greensealcampus are “Green Seal” certified, concentrated or sustainable! Green Seal certified are products reduce that use of hazardous chemicals and natural resources while delivering the performance you expect. For more information please visit


meatlessmondayLehigh Dining has taken another step toward sustainable dining by promoting Meatless Monday. Why Meatless? Learn how eating meatless one day a week can reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity and other cardiovascular diseases. Other environmental benefits include reducing your carbon footprint, water usage and fossil fuel dependence. Visit for more information.


We understand as a student you are often on the go and do not have time to sit andecotakeout enjoy a meal in the student restaurant. We offer a convenient reusable to go program that allows you to eat on the go sustainably. By using the reusable container you help reduce waste by removing Styrofoam products from campus dining, conserve materials and resources and help minimize the cost of managing solid waste.

xpressXpress Nap Dispensers save energy and waste. The napkins are made of 100% recycled paper and the dispenser will encourage customers to take (and waste) less napkins. Energy is saved because less power is used to recycle paper products than to create them from virgin material. For more information please visit:

 Reusable Dishware Program

Having an event?  Think twice before using disposable dishes that get thrown away and enter a local landfill.  The Reusable Dishware program, sponsored by Student Auxiliary Services and Dining Services, is easy, FREE for student organizations and better for all of us. The Dishware program includes up to 150 of the following items: dinner plates, appetizer plates, bowls (small and large), beverage cups (hot and cold), forks, spoons and knives. For more information on reserving dishware for your event, please visit the following link:

Once your request is submitted, your order will be confirmed within 3 days of the event.  Please note that any items missing upon return your group will be charged $5/missing item.

Pick up and drop off location is Rathbone Student Restaurant main entrance/cashier station. Pick up is Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.  All items must be returned within 2 days of your event.  Drop off is also Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

Any questions or concerns can be addressed to Dining Services at 610-758-3512 or Student Auxiliary Services at 610-758-3500.


Lehigh Dining proudly serves Fair Trade Certified Coffee in all locations across 


campus. We offer Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, Community Coffee, and Aspretto. All Coffees across campus are Certified Organic and/or Fair Trade Certified. Each vendor is doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint and give back to their local communities. Starbucks continues their commitment to lead the entire industry 

trayless toward greater access to recycling for cups and other packaging. Aspretto/Sodexo has a commitment to the communities where we do business. Part of this commitment Sodexo launched the STOP Hunger initiative in 1996 to fight against hunger. Community Coffee has donated more than $5 million to local, public and private schools through the Community Cash for Schools® program. 


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