Students at Waves Cafe - Pepperdine University 

Waves Cafe register - Pepperdine University

Food is at the core of our humanity; we must eat to survive. Food also has a major impact on the natural environment. More often than not, production of food harms the land, water, and our physical health. Issues of agriculture and food are at the heart of sustainability. How is what we eat harming or helping the world around us?

Green Boxes

In the month of September, 2013, almost 20,000 paper to-go boxes were used. Don't go paper, go Green Box.

In 2013, the Waves Cafeteria introduced the Green Box, a sustainable alternative to the paper to-go containers. Instead of the disposable, paper containers, the Green Box is made of sturdy, reusable plastic. To use a Green Box, find one in the Cafeteria or request one, then pay for your box at the register. Once you've used the Box, return it to the receptacle located next to the tray carousel in the Cafeteria. The receptacle will, in turn, give you a token, which you can use to get your next Green Box.

Waves Cafe Greenbox - Pepperdine University

Farmer's Market

The campus certified Farmer's Market is held every other Tuesday in Mullin Town Square from 11am - 2pm. The Market features organic produce, tamales, honey, hummus, dried fruits and nuts, kettle corn, and more!


Composting and Recycling

Sodexo collects all food waste produced in the Caf' during meal prep. Our waste hauler, Waste Management, collects this food waste three times a week and takes it to the Agromin composting facility in Oxnard.

Reduction in Waste

Pepperdine utilizes a point system for students to buy their meals throughout the year, instead of an open buffet style, significantly reducing the amount of food waste. Dining services provides non-disposable plates and cutlery thereby minimizing the use of disposable items. Users of our dining facilities are encouraged not to take disposable containers and cutlery unless they are taking their meals off-site.

Reusable water bottles are sold in the Malibu bookstore to encourage students not to use disposable cups. Styrofoam is prohibited throughout campus and has been replaced by biodegradable to-go containers. The University is transitioning disposable straws and cutlery over to renewable and compostable alternatives.

Food Recovery

Pepperdine's Food Recovery Network is a student-led club on campus whose mission is to fight food waste and feed people in need. They have been working closely with Sodexo, our dining service provider, to recover leftover food from Starbucks as well as other catering events on campus. If you are planning on hosting an event with catered food on campus, please fill out the form to arrange a recovery so that nothing goes to waste!