Sodexo Helps Students and Conservationists by Reusing Mugs
June 19, 2008
Recycled mug rebate program helps nonprofit protect the environment.
GAITHERSBURG, Md., June 19, 2008 — Sodexo donated over $12,000 in proceeds from its 15th annual sale of recycled mugs on 250 campuses and accounts across the country to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Sodexo is filling the reusable cups of students, faculty and staff to the brim to reduce waste and support community-based conservation efforts.
“This program provides an easy way for our customers to reduce, reuse and recycle,” said Tom Post, president, Sodexo Campus Services. “At the same time, we are helping an organization that shares Sodexo’s commitment to the environment in the communities where we operate.”
Sodexo’s Recyled Mug Rebate Program was started in Florida in the early 1990s. Now, it operates at 250 Sodexo accounts.
“Funding from Sodexo’s program supports our efforts to promote community-based conservation,” said Thomas Kelsch, director, Conservation Programs, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Kelsch said that the funds raised through Sodexo will be used to improve local rivers and streams, enhance stewardship on local farms, and to reduce carbon in the atmosphere by planting trees and restoring wildlife habitat. The money will also help to educate students about the environment and engage thousands of community volunteers in achieving these objectives.
The donation was made in Washington, DC on the same day as Sodexo’s STOP Hunger Foundation dinner, which raised $700,000 to alleviate hunger and its root causes in America.
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com) is a leading integrated food and facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.3 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo, Inc. serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds the Sodexo Foundation (www.helpstophunger.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $9.2 million in grants to fight hunger in America.