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Sustainable Food

We recognise that it is our responsibility to encourage our suppliers and contractors to minimise negative environmental and social effects associated with their products and services they provide. We will also strive to ensure that local and smaller suppliers are not discriminated against in the procurement process and specifications; within the parameters of our overall purchasing strategy. We have key performance indicators aligned with our sustainable food strategy written into our catering contract. The University has set a number of targets and objectives to help us achieve these aims within an annual sustainable food action plan.

The University of Worcester caterers, Aramark, are continually extending the range of healthy foods on offer in our dining facilities which are based on the St John Campus. We are really pleased they have achieved the Bronze Soil Association Food for Life accreditation, Marine Stewardship Council certification for fish, and are working in partnership with these local suppliers:

Aramark support our schools Skills for Tomorrow annual conference by helping in the food workshop. They also provide locally sourced menus and for their Green Impact excellence project have teamed up with grounds staff to provide a design and build movable herb garden reused from discarded pallets and builders sand bag.

 

An exciting food project this year saw the creation of a cob 'earth' oven built by design students as part of their Green Design module on the university student and staff allotments.   There have been many pizza parties this year using the oven and picking food directly from the allotments.  The cob oven plinth, generously donated from re-use supplied by Envirotech provides shelter for wood to dry which is collected by the grounds staff from tree management projects.  

Sustainable Restaurants Association

The Sustainable Restaurants Association’s Food Made Good programme is currently supporting 5,500 food service sites across the UK to reduce their food waste, improve energy efficiency, and improve their supply chain. The holistic accreditation covers 14 key areas of sustainability, under sourcing, society and environment, and make it an ideal accreditation system for Universities who often provide the infrastructure, utilities etc even in outsourced catering contracts.  We are proud to have achieved 3 star rating in 2017 the highest rating possible. This covers all the food service provisions throughout the university.

Free Drinking Water

There are many drinking water fountains throughout all the university sites, including the Students' Union and the main dining room and these are shown on the university campus maps  Free reusable drinking water bottles are being distributed to all incoming students in September as part of our Health and Wellbeing initiative, every other one water campaign. 

Our targets for this year are:

  • Retain 2 star Sustainable Restaurants Association accreditation in all main food outlets on Campus and review what is required to gain 3 stars next academic year.  
  • Implement a Green Impact Excellence project for 2016 -2018 with Unitots on campus Nursery
  • Minimise food waste and comply with the Universities separate food waste collection service and provide facilities for recycling and disposing of plate waste
  • Promote Part-Time Carnivore campaigns

Download our full current qualitative and quantitative targets and progress against targets from Carbon Management & Targets page.

Jim Lott

Jim talks about Sustainabiity at the University of Worcester

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