Sustainability and the Environment

Sustainable Catering

Brunel has a responsibility to contribute to a sustainable society. We are committed to offering healthy food whilst at the same time using less power. Food provenance, authenticity, healthy eating and sustainability are important to us. Our aim is to provide healthy, fresh, seasonal food which is locally grown where possible.

The Sustainable Food Policy (PDF) intends that :

  • We train catering staff in food sustainability and make them aware of the various certification systems for food production and products.
  • We support the use of seasonable British fruit and vegetables, where possible and use organic vegetables where viable.
  • We have reduced the amount of red and processed meat on the menus.
  • We have increased the amount of sustainably sourced meat .
  • We avoid fish listed on the Marine Conservation Society’s red list and use under-utilised species on the green list.
  • We support Fairtrade products where possible. 95% of the tea and coffee on campus is Fairtrade.
  • We are trying to reduce the amount of bottled water used in Hospitality Services.

The Environment

  • We have the reduced the amount of disposable cups for hot drinks by making “Mugs for Life” insulated renewable mugs available in all our outlets.
  • Use organic milk in selected areas initially and in time move to all milk being organic.
  • All fresh eggs used on campus have for the last two years been free range.
  • We encourage recycling by our customers by providing various different bins.
  • All glass bottles are recycled.
  • All cardboard, metal is recycled.
  • All new equipment purchased is chosen with green credentials being part of the decision criteria.
  • All food waste is collected and is processed through a composter.
For more information on the University's sustainable development, please see Environment and Sustainability website.

Page last updated: Wednesday 30 October 2013