We at Chartwells care about the environment and do our best to protect it. Therefore, we take sustainability very seriously. Chartwells at North Central College guarantees the following:

Ocean-Friendly Seafood

Compass Group has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program to insure that all seafood served complies with strict sustainability requirements, which affects the approximate 1 million pounds of fish annually bought by Compass Group. Compass Group is the largest food service company ever to introduce sustainable seafood purchasing as policy on this scale. Under the new policy, we have replaced Atlantic cod, a species that conservationists claim should be avoided, with the more environmentally-sound Pacific cod and Pollock. We have also decreased our use of shrimp and salmon which are farmed in an unsustainable manner. All fish classified as "avoid" by the program have been eliminated from our menus, and those deemed "best choice" are purchased most frequently.

Cage-Free Eggs

Compass Group is one of the few foodservice providers to take a stand on animal welfare by offering only HFAC certified cage-free shell eggs.

Antibiotic-Free Meat

The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that 70% of all antibiotics in the US are routinely fed to cattle, swine, turkey, and chicken. These additives are not used to treat illness; instead, they are used to promote slightly faster growth and to compensate for overcrowded and unsanitary conditions at industrial-scale farms. More than half of these drugs are identical or similar to antibiotics that are important in human medicine. This practice increases the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in our food supply and the environment. Compass Group was one of the first companies to realize the importance of antibiotic-free meat and to implement its use. Compass has taken a stand--we serve antibiotic-free poultry (chicken and turkey) and pork, and are working to serve antibiotic-free beef.

Compostable Containers

Chartwells is making steps toward a smaller carbon footprint. Our goal for is to have only compostable or recyclable food containers. With that in mind, it is up to the consumer to dispose of our new containers properly. Those blue bins around campus are NOT for garbage. By putting trash in them, people render the contents unrecyclable, and we are often forced to throw the whole bag away. Please be careful about where you dispose of your trash.

Our COMPOSTABLE items include:
Soup bowls
Kaufman paper cups
Cutlery--forks, knives, spoons
To-go boxes
Pizza boxes
Coyote Jack's hot item wrappers
Paper bags
Salad bowls & lids (#7)
Soda cups & lids
Outtakes cups & bowls & lids
All Freshens containers & lids

Our RECYCLABLE items include:
Breakfast bowls (#1) & lids (#5)

2 compartment containers (#1) & lids (#5)
Starbucks clear cold beverage cups & lids (#5)
Pie wedges (#6)
Condiment cups & lids (#6)
Soup bowl lids (#6)
Coffee cup lids
Clearware catering plates, cups, and cutlery (#6)
Straws (#6)
olo Cups (#6)
Freshens long spoons (#6)

Nacho boats (coated in #6)
Coyote Jack's fry scoops
(coated in #6)
Starbucks & Seattle's Best hot coffee cups (coated in #6 and also made from 10% post-consumer recycled fiber)

Waste Management in Naperville accepts recyclable numbers #1-#7, so virtually all of our containers are recyclable, as long as they are rinsed of most food particles.


Gone Trayless

Visitors to Kaufman Dining Hall have foregone the use of trays, meaning that diners will be more careful with what they put on their plates. Remember: eat with your stomach, not your eyes. You can always go back for more. With this program, we hope to promote:

Less Food Waste

A brand new program, Gone Trayless will help reduce food waste, decrease North Central's "footprint"--the amount of carbon waste that we contribute to landfills (which contribute to global warming)--and encourage healthier eating habits. By wasting less food, we at Compass Group hope to combat rising food prices and famine. Hunger and poverty claim 25,000 lives daily; let us work together to decrease that number.

Energy and Water Savings

Gone Trayless will help reduce the water, electricity, and chemicals wasted in cleaning hundreds of trays.