• Sustainable Food & Catering

Sustainable Food & Catering

GCU’s commitment to sustainability extends to the provision of food on campus and here you’ll find details of practical actions the University is taking to deliver on this commitment.

Sustainable Food Policy

The University’s Sustainable Food Policy translates GCU’s sustainability commitments into the on-campus food offering, which is outsourced to BaxterStorey. The primary mechanism for monitoring and reporting on progress implementing the SFP will be through Food for Life Served Here certification of on-campus catering operations.

Sustainable Food Policy

Sustainable Food Policy - Implementation Plan - Nov 2018

Food for Life Served Here

GCU and BaxterStorey, the University's catering partners, are working towards Food for Life Served Here certification for the on-campus food offering. An audit of the on-campus catering operations has been scheduled for the end of January 2019  and we hope to be in a position to announce the outcome of that shortly after.

[Updated 14/01/2019]

Free Water

The University provides free water through a network of water fountains across the campus (including catering outlets).

Community Food

The University’s supports the University’s Gardening Club with growing space at Caledonian Court (its student residencies) and funding for equipment, seeds and other supplies.

Alternatives to single-use disposable cups

The University, in partnership with its caterers, offers 10p off the purchase of any hot drink to anyone using a re-useable mug. The 10p discount was originally introduced in 2014 after an initial pilot. As of July 2018 around 8% of all hot beverages were sold in re-useable cups.

Alternatives to single-use takeaway food containers

As part of its commitment to reducing avoidable waste at GCU, BaxterStorey (GCU's catering partner) charges 20p for every hot meal purchased to take away in a single-use, disposable containers.  Meals purchased using re-useable containers or crockery is exempt from the 20p charge.

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Student Projects - Sustainable Food

Below are links to student projects exploring sustainable food at GCU.

  • Sustainable diets and meat consumption (2019)