Our Initiatives

Fairfield University Dining is always looking for innovative and comprehensive sustainability solutions. Take a look at some of the most recent efforts and initiatives:

Blue Earth Compost

In August 2019, Fairfield Dining kicked off an exciting partnership with Blue Earth Compost, a food scrap collection company based in Hartford, Connecticut. Thanks to their innovative composting solutions, all Fairfield Dining food waste is whisked away and converted into renewable energy that powers several neighboring communities. When this process is finished, the scraps are turned into nutrient-rich compost that makes plants, flowers, and especially local food, grow healthier, stronger, and tastier. We’re proud to contribute to Connecticut’s environmentally sustainable future!

Helping End Hunger In America

Fairfield University Dining Services frequently works with with Food Rescue US, a national nonprofit organization based out of Norwalk, Connecticut, in an effort to reduce food waste and combat food insecurity in the Fairfield County community. As a Catholic, Jesuit Institution of Higher Learning, Fairfield University is constantly seeking partnerships that enhance our relationship to the environment, based on our internal campus and external world. Our new relationship with Food Rescue US provides us with such an opportunity and we’re very excited to embark upon this journey.


Xpress Napkin dispensers are another solution to reducing energy and waste. They save 30% in paper over traditional napkin dispensing mechanisms. The great thing about these dispensers is that they help the environment while helping to keep costs down. 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.