We are committed to supporting and sharing sustainable food practices throughout the University
This includes University-owned shops and cafes, purchasing and communication.
Did you know?
The Sustainable Restaurant Association awarded the university’s hospitality service ‘Occasions’ the highest possible level – three stars – and all of our ‘Beyond Ordinary’ cafes have been awarded two out of three stars. For further information visit the sustainable-catering page on the Estates Services website.
What we are doing
We encourage all purchasers to work with suppliers in an environmentally responsible way. Our sustainable approach aims to:
- minimise food miles where possible
- opt for local and seasonal produce where possible
- choose organic foods where practical and cost-effective
Food waste is sent to Anaerobic Digestion creating energy and soil improver.
The University's Sustainable Food Policy coordinates all sustainable food initiatives across the University to reduce the negative environmental impact of the food we eat.
View our Sustainable Food Policy for more information.
Proud to be Fairtrade
Oxford is a Fairtrade University, along with a number of colleges, after securing accreditation under the Fairtrade University and College Award Scheme. It means we help to ensure the people who produce the University’s food and drink get a fair cut of the proceeds. It also sets the University challenging goals that will take several years to achieve.
The first colleges to receive accreditation are Wadham, Keble, Lady Margaret Hall, University, Christ Church and Queen’s colleges. Further colleges and other parts of the University will have the opportunity to get involved over time.
A wider range of Fairtrade goods will also become available. Look out for the Fairtrade labels!
Ways for you to get and stay involved!
We can all make a positive contribution by buying, consuming and disposing of food responsibly. It can be as simple as using a keep cup instead of wasteful disposable ones.
Here are a few ways to support sustainable food practices throughout the University: