|Submission Date||July 20, 2018|
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KSG are the primary dining services contractor for UCC. Their published environmental policy states:
"WE ARE COMMITTED TO RESPONSIBLY INTERACTING WITH OUR ENVIRONMENT.
- We comply with all environmental, waste management, legal and other
requirements that apply to our activities.
- We minimise waste, energy and resource consumption by evaluating operations and
ensuring they are as efficient as possible.
- We actively promote and encourage recycling and waste segregation both internally
and amongst our customers and suppliers.
- We develop a culture that reduces, reuses and recycles.
- We source and promote a product range to minimize environmental impact.
- We ensure that all processes are carried out in an environmentally responsible
- We employ only licenced waste disposal services to ensure that each waste stream is
- We maintain awareness of changing environmental needs.
- We promote local sourcing to minimise our carbon footprint."
UCC’s catering company, KSG, has been awarded the highest accolade from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, a three star “Food Made Good” award.
In 2016, UCC became the first University in Ireland to have fresh vegetables harvested from its own land and served in six of its restaurants. 80 to 100 tonnes of root vegetables are harvested throughout the winter months. The plot is managed by the family-owned “Waterfall Farms” who deliver the fresh produce to our catering company KSG. The vegetables also go into our soups which are served in 13 outlets across campus. KSG also run a greenhouse on main campus, where they grow the herbs that are used in their cooking.
UCC Green Campus Farmer's market began in the spring of 2018, hosting stall selling low impact products for the campus and surrounding community. The market included an organic vegetable stand and homemade jams. The market is in it's infancy and it is hoped that it will grow into a bigger more permanent presence in the next academic year.
Meatless Mondays have been happening in the main restaurant in UCC for the last two academic years. In 17/18, there were two events per semester, however it is hoped to increase this in 18/19 to once per month.
The Bio Green Cafe launched in September 2018, and is a single use disposable free cafe on UCC campus. The café has eliminated single-use plastics from its operations, all plastic drink bottles have been replaced with glass bottles and cans. There are no plastic sachets of sauces, disposable cutlery, or plastic wrapped snacks. Meats and cheeses are sourced from the local market and delivered without wrapping, while the vegetables come from the university farm.
More details on the cafe are available here https://www.independent.ie/life/food-drink/irelands-first-plastic-free-caf-opens-today-37305145.html
The main restaurant in UCC is decorated with displays informing students of the "Farm to Fork" initiative and the fact that the root vegetables that they are eating are from the campus farm less than 5km away. As students enter the food service area there is signage next to the menu board informing them of the sustainability credentials of the other foods on offer, for example local meats and sustainable fish.
The KSG manager for UCC ia a member of UCC's Green Forum and attends all meetings. This means that the dining services contractor is involved with and feeds into all activities in UCC that relate to sustainability and in the delivery of UCC's Sustainability Strategy.
The KSG manager for UCC sits on the "Food, Nutrition and Sustainability" working group of the UCC Health Matters programme. UCC Health Matters is a collaboration of staff and students who are working towards a healthier university environment for all. It utilises the World Health Organisation's "Health Promoting University" framework which takes into account three things:
- The protection of health and the promotion of wellbeing for staff, students, and the wider community through policies and practices
- Relating health promotion to research and teaching
- Developing health promotion alliances and outreach links in the community.
Food that is still sealed and unwanted is brought to Penny Dinners, a local service that provides meals to the homeless people of Cork. This is done on a ad hoc basis.
Cooking oil is supplied by Frylite, who collect waste oil and return it to their depot to be cleaned and reused - http://frylite.com/uco/
As per regulations in Ireland, all pre-consumer food waste from KSG outlets is collected by GreenStar and taken to Acorn recycling in Tipperary. Here it is composted and it is then used on agricultural land in the Cork region.
Post-consumer composting is available in a number of the larger campus food outlets. Segregated bin systems with appropriate signage direct customers to dispose of compostable waste separately. The food waste is collected by GreenStar and taken to Acorn recycling in Tipperary. Here it is composted and it is then used on agricultural land in the Cork region.
Dine-in service ware is available in a number of the larger food outlets on campus, including the main restaurant.
All KSG outlets on campus utilise compostable coffee cups.
A 10cent discount is available across campus for customers who use their own reusable coffee cups.
As part of Green Campus drive to become a disposable plastic free campus, KSG are working with suppliers to find ways of reducing the amount of packaging coming onto the site. The Farm to Fork initiative, and use of campus greenhouses to grow herbs, also reduces the distance traveled and amount of packaging used in getting food supplies to te kitchens.
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.