Our Grow™ Sustainability Program

Knowing that everyone grows differently, Grow™ is designed to be a flexible menu of sustainability initiatives from which our clients can select those that are the right fit for their dining operation.

Creative Dining Services’ initiatives in this category include:

  • Responsible food sourcing
  • Purchasing items grown, manufactured or produced within 150 miles of our clients’ locations.
  • Participation in Community Sustained Agriculture (CSA) shares for procurement of farm-direct produce.
  • Purchasing seafood with a Seafood Watch Good or Best choice designation.
  • Purchasing only cage-free shell eggs.
  • Offering Small producer, non-CAFO* animal proteins.
  • Offering USDA Organic foodstuffs.
  • Delivering comprehensive waste management: food pulping, recycling, commercial composting, food waste tracking and food rescue.
  • Providing alternative disposable serviceware: full lines of take-out utensils and containers constructed from renewable sources such as corn, potatoes and natural fibers, intended for commercial composting.
  • Providing greener paper products: non-bleached, high post-consumer recycled content products for tabletop, rest rooms and housekeeping.
  • Offering a portfolio of USDA Organic, Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade and direct trade coffees and teas, from nationally recognized brands and local roasters.
  • Utilizing Green Seal™ and Design for the Environment approved chemicals.
  • Planting organic herb and vegetable chef gardens.
  • Setting up and managing honey bee apiaries and pollinator gardens.
  • Performing a comprehensive hospitality equipment audit, maintenance schedule and capital equipment planning.
  • Sourcing of Energy Star® kitchen equipment and sustainable materials, aiding in LEED® qualifying points.
  • Providing LEED® Hospitality Design
  • Providing LEED® Accredited Professional Kitchen and Servery Design


*CAFO: Confined Feeding Operation or Confined Animal Feeding Operation. Numbers and definitions change state to state, but all involve large (hundreds or thousands) animal populations, and are typically not family-owned and operated.


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