Green Gown Awards 2016 Food and Drink University of Greenwich Finalist

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Greenwich’s recipe for success

Our initiative uses the collaborative potential of all those with a relationship with food to ensure Greenwich can deliver the most responsible, nutritious and delicious food.

Working with our students, staff, caterers and external organisations we celebrate what food can positively do. Through collaboration we seek and deliver best practice in the provision and production of food. The spirit of engagement, support and action has enabled us to all progress rapidly, surpassing expectations and enabling us to set ambitious future goals.

Bringing together all stakeholders and reaching out beyond the university has provided us with the knowledge, information, skills and built trust to help us move forward in ways that challenge and also excite. Our actions on sustainable food helps us connect our sustainability issues throughout the university, providing us with valuable, personal and relevant opportunities to tell stories, connect issues and enable positive behaviours.

Top 3 learnings

1 Our Sustainable Food Steering Group gives us a space to share ideas, provide support, enjoy and celebrate the work we have done and are looking to do. Our group has a positive outlook and attitude and the members enjoy their involvement.

2 To take an idea and let individual group members run with it quickly and then report back, (e.g. Targeting Food for Life Gold was turned around very quickly by BaxterStorey allowing Sodexo to quickly follow)

3 We are open to new ideas, perspectives and activities. The word ‘No’ is rarely used.