The American Society of Quality (ASQ) recently featured Darden’s sustainability progress in its publication, Pathways to Social Responsibility: Successful Practices for Sustaining the Future 2012. In response to the social responsibility challenge regarding carbon dioxide emissions and waste, Darden established a sustainability vision to be a zero-wase, carbon-neutral enterprise by 2020, and a top 10 business school for teaching and research on sustainability by 2013.
Since establishing this goal in 2008:
Darden offers a concentration on sustainability, including 17 courses that focus on environmental and social topics.
- Darden has reduced their waste to landfill by 10 percent relative to fiscal year 2007.
- Through energy-efficiency and conservation measures in their buildings, Darden has been able to avoid over $102,000 (12 percent savings) in annual energy costs compared with fiscal year 2009.
- The school sources up to 60 percent of its cafeteria food locally during the growing season.
Learn more about Darden’s sustainability vision.