Sustainable Food at Coventry University
At Coventry University we believe that the food we supply should be delicious and high quality with sustainability at the heart of every meal we serve.
We work in partnership with catering providers at all our locations to enhance sustainability throughout the whole life cycle of the catering services we provide; from sourcing, preparing, serving, through to waste food and packaging. This was a key area in our recent tender process, ensuring our contractors share our ethos to embed sustainability throughout all of our catering activities.
Food has a unique contribution to make to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with the potential to impact on most of the goals; zero hunger, health, wellbeing and life on land being a few.
Within Coventry, the Coventry Food Charter seeks to address food poverty and sustainable local production. The Charter has been developed by Coventry University research teams, in partnership with local charities and organisations within the city. Our in-house catering can also support the charter.
Our edible garden located in the centre of campus is open for all to engage with. Students, staff and the community share the space to plant, grow and pick vegetables, herbs and fruit. Recently the space was almost doubled in size and the arrival of a new 300 year olive tree has added to the range of exciting planting.
Coventry University is a Fairtrade University, this accreditation is awarded to us by the Fairtrade Foundation for promoting and selling Fairtrade products including tea and coffee. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. We support reduced impact food through Meat Free Mondays in our main catering outlet.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Recycling is available for plastic bottles and coffee cups on campus. Not producing this waste in the first place is more sustainable and we do promote the avoidance of single use plastics and coffee cups through sales and campaigns to promote using refillable containers. Discounts for reusable coffee cups are available in all our outlets. You can also fill up water bottles for free at the Hub ‘hydration station’, any of our catering outlets or water fountains on campus.
Food waste is recycled from our catering outlets producing compost and energy and we also work with the Trusell Trust to donate packaged food to support local food banks. Download the ‘Too Good To Go’ app and search for Coventry University to find discount meals at the end of serving times.
We encourage health and sustainable food and choices on campus through regular social media updates, events and promotional activities