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:
- Worcester Produce provide all our fruit and vegetables, the majority grown within 10 miles of the University.
- Mawley milk, with 100% milk and dairy sourced locally less than 20 miles from campus.
- Ben Creese Butchers meat supplied from Course Lawn Gloucestershire 20 miles from campus
- Bakers Peter Cooks Bread, Bishops Frome, and Quality Crust, Droitwich, both in Worcestershire
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 Sustainable Restaurant Association 3 star certification
- Implement Green Impact Excellence project for 2017-19
- Minimise food waste and comply with the University’s separate food waste collection service and provide facilities for recycling and disposing of plate waste
- Promote part-time Carnivore campaigns to increase sign ups from 117 to 150 by summer 2018
Download our full current qualitative and quantitative targets and progress against targets from Carbon Management & Targets page.
Jim talks about Sustainabiity at the University of Worcester