“Sustainability never tasted so good.”
In one of their most recent sustainability accomplishments, University of North Texas’ Dining Services has partnered with Ben E. Keith to provide a delivery truck dedicated solely to UNT. With the phrase “We Mean Green, We Mean Local” proudly displayed, the delivery truck will minimize the number of deliveries per week from 17 to only three.
Special Projects Coordinator for Dining Services, Mr. Ken Botts, said the process of securing Ben E. Keith as a prime vendor source began two years ago as a way to reduce the environmental impact of UNT Dining Services - the largest food service program in North Texas. This decision was intended to decrease the number of deliveries to campus and to ensure that much of the food delivered to campus is as local as possible.
Director of Fleet Operations and Energy Management at Ben E. Keith, John Fershtand, said the state-of-the-art delivery truck, a 2011 Freightliner Cascadia, has the latest in emission-lowering and fuel-efficiency technologies, such as Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), which reduces Nitrous Oxide (NOx), but increases particulate matter. The increase in particulate matter is remedied with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) that traps particulates so they cannot enter the atmosphere. To further reduce emissions, the truck is equipped with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), another advanced emissions technology that adds urea into the exhaust to further minimize NOx. Such technologies reduce the likelihood of dangerous environmental conditions, such as smog and acid rain, caused when Nitrous Oxide is emitted into the atmosphere.
The truck also uses Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD), which is the most advanced diesel fuel, having only 15 parts per million (ppm) of Sulfur content. ULSD’s Sulfur level is a substantial improvement when compared with traditional diesel fuel, which has 300 ppm of Sulfur content. The delivery truck’s tires are also inflated with Nitrogen, which has larger molecules that do not seep through rubber tires as easily as Oxygen. Nitrogen filled tires allow for maximum rolling resistance, which promotes maximum fuel efficiency.
Along with a state-of-the-art truck, the new delivery vehicle’s trailer is equipped with the newest refrigeration unit available. The Carrier Vector unit uses a 440 volt, three phase generator that has 60 percent fewer moving parts and is 15 percent more fuel efficient. Less moving parts translate to lower maintenance costs and better efficiency than older models.
Ben E. Keith holds sustainability as a very important aspect of their business model and is continuously working to minimize its environmental impact by increasing the efficiency of its operations. Its commitment to corporate responsibility and environmental stewardship is one of the primary factors that made the partnership with UNT so attractive.
UNT Dining Services continues to be a leader in sustainability in the north Texas region by reducing its environmental impact, maximizing efficiency in its operations, and changing behavior. Numerous improvements made recently to its services not only allow diners to feel good about what they eat, but also promote healthier lifestyles. UNT Dining Services’ accomplishments truly demonstrate that “sustainability never tasted so good,” and that at UNT, We Mean Green!
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