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Sustainable food

City, University of London is committed to providing healthy and sustainable food to our students, staff and visitors, while at the same time minimising negative environmental and social effects associated with the products and services we provide.

Sustainable Food Procurement

City's Sustainable Food Policy was first developed in 2009 with a view to making progressive improvements to our food procurement and raising awareness of the benefits of healthy eating. The policy was developed as a collaborative effort between Property and Facilities, the Food Policy Centre and City's catering contractor.  This commitment to providing healthy eating also links up with City's Wellbeing campaign to promote a healthier lifestyle for students and staff.

City caterers have achieved certificates which provide an independent endorsement that the food on our menus are freshly prepared, seasonal and better for animal welfare. Following the update to the Sustainable Restaurant Association certificate in early 2017, we are now working towards achieving a rating at our catering outlets across campus.

Our catering contractors also work towards annual energy, water and waste reduction targets.

Sustainable Fish and Food Legacy campaigns

City was one of the first London universities to sign up to the Sustainable Fish City campaign, inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012, to turn London into the world's first 'sustainable fish city'.  All fish served at City is sustainably-sourced. Our caterers, Sodexo, have an MSC Chain of Custody Group certificate.

City has also signed up to the Food Legacy programme, also inspired by the London 2012 Food Vision, to further improve the health, ethics and sustainability of the food we serve.

Fairtrade at City

City has been accredited as a Fairtrade University since 2010 by the Fairtrade Foundation.  We are committed to supporting and using Fairtrade products and to educating our students and staff of the value of Fairtrade.

By choosing Fairtrade, farmers and workers in developing countries are given a better chance to work their way out of poverty, through fairer wages, safer conditions at work, and extra income to invest in bringing about changes and improving life for their whole communities.

Read our Fairtrade Policy here.

Reusable cups

We encourage students and staff to bring a reusable cup and benefit from our 30p discount on all hot drinks purchased at Northampton Square catering outlets. Staff and students can also get a 20p discount at Cass for using a reusable cup.

City's vegetable garden

City's vegetable garden is currenlty being re-located in summer 2017 as part of the Sebastian Street and Drysdale Ground projects. It will continue to be tended by student and staff volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved in the planning adn/or gardening, please contact the Sustainability Team.

City Food Co-Operative

City Food Co-Op is run by student Sustainability Leaders and sells a variety of sustainably sourced dried fruit and nuts to staff and students at events across campus. If you would like to know more or pre-order your snacks, then email the City Food Co-Op team.

Food Awards

City has won several awards for its achievements in progressing the sustainable food agenda. These include:

  • Sustainable Food Award - People & Planet University League Graduation Awards 2013
  • National Vegetarian Week's Local Hero 2012 (Vegetarian Society, 2012) - organisation winner
  • Sustainable Food and Eating Award (Islington's Giant Green Business Awards, November 2010)
  • Good Food on the Public Plate Award (2009, 2010, 2011-12)
  • Good Egg Award (Compassion in World Farming, 2010), for ensuring that only free-range eggs are served at City.

For further information about City's sustainable food and Fairtrade initiatives, please contact the Sustainability Team.