Sustainable Food & Edible Campus

The University is committed to finding new ways to make food and all it involves more sustainable. There are a number of initiatives in place including a commitment to promote Sustainable Food and Fairtrade Fortnight, as well as working with the Catering Team and the E.C.O Society.

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Catered Commitment

The Quad Catering team have taken measures to condense the number of suppliers they use. This means fewer delivery vans visiting the campus – reducing the carbon footprint, and a more fluid procurement process – less paper. The team have also sourced a number of Fairtrade foods as well as using a local producer for some products. For example; all eggs used are free-range. When preparing the meal choices across campus, the catering manager ensures that there is always a vegetarian option as well incorporating some vegan and gluten free choices during the week. Furthermore, cooking oil is recycled and turned into bio diesel!

Edible Campus

The objective of the Edible Campus project is to provide space at the Brayford Campus for students to grow their own food. A small number of heritage variety apple trees have been planted in open spaces around the Student Village to start the project. There are also raised beds to grow vegetables in, these vegetables are being used by the chaplaincy in the Thursday lunches which are open for anyone to drop in to.

Bring Your Own

The University now imposes a takeout levy. Staff, students and visitors to the university are encouraged to bring their own containers, whether for hot drinks or food, otherwise an additional charge will be made to buy a disposable cup/container.

As part of this Bring Your Own initiative, the University catering outlets have two coffee cup purchase options:

  1. KeepCups – these 12oz cups come in a variety of colours and allow you to avoid the levy, whilst looking incredibly stylish.
  2. Eco Cups – this initiative enables you to buy a silicone sleeve and a lid which accompany the new ECO Cup allowing you to drop off your old cup to be washed and you get a new cup for your drink. Pop into your nearest catering outlet to see how these scheme fully works.


keepcups new term new colours

Water Fountains

Free tap water is available in all catering outlets and there are water fountains available for use throughout the campus. Most recently we have seen new water fountains added to each floor in both the Minerva and the library. #Takebackthetap