Green Gown Awards 2018 - Sheffield Hallam University - Winner

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Taste Hallam is the signature brand for Sheffield Hallam University's Catering offer to its students, staff and visitors. With over 85 catering colleagues across 14 catering outlets on two campuses, the service provides healthy options for up to 35,000 staff and students.

The service integrates a sustainable approach within all stages of its catering operations, from procurement to waste disposal. Key initiatives have included collaboration with our Nutrition Course students to design and sell a range of healthy menus and recipes; and with the national social enterprise, the Real Junk Food Project to use food diverted from landfill.

Sustainability plays a key part in the catering strategy with actions to minimise disposable packaging and food waste, including a bio-digester to reduce the overall food waste process - the first University to do so in the UK!

Top 3 learnings:

  • Linking with students is key, they provide the expertise and innovation on our doorstep.
  • For a local social enterprise, working with a large institution makes a huge difference.
  • Cooking and serving fresh food with a really low CO2 should be a university's priority.

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