|Submission Date||Nov. 6, 2018|
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The University Club has a garden next to the building, maintained by employees, which grows herbs, small tomatoes, and other produce that is used within the menu.
Food Services coordinates the longstanding UW Farm Market during Spring and Fall terms to bring fresh, local produce to the campus community. It is hosted weekly or bi-weekly in the Student Life Centre or other available space.
FRSH is a new outlet location that focuses on healthy and low-meat options across its full menu, including custom made rice or quinoa bowls, hot burritos and sandwiches, salads, wraps, smoothies, and fresh-squeezed juices. As of September 2018, it has been converted into a fully vegan-vegetarian outlet.
Food Services has begun highlighting local products on the menu, and displays information about Fair Trade certified products wherever they are sold, including the social and environmental benefits of fair trade.
The University has hosted two workshops on Healthy and Sustainable Food as part of the 2017 Staff Conference, and the Employee Wellness Day, and has integrated a session on Healthy and Sustainable Food within its employee Sustainability Certificate training program. In addition, it hosts outreach events as part of campus fair trade week in September, to highlight fair trade tarts and pastries and raise awareness about fair trade products.
Food Services is ensuring that Halal options are available in cafeterias to accommodate a growing demand.
Grease and oil from kitchens are collected and provided to a third party farm for beneficial use.
Waterloo has had a longstanding pilot with the Region of Waterloo to collect back-of-house food prep waste and spoilage through the local green bin program. In 2018, this was converted into a private organics collection contract with a certified waste provider.
Yes, launched in September 2018 at core food services cafeteria areas.
In some locations, reusable plates, cups, and cutlery are available.
Waterloo has phased out plastic clamshell containers in favour of compostable paper containers. As the institution prepares to launch its post-consumer organics collection program, this will enable most materials to be composted from cafeterias. In addition, Waterloo launched a reusable “eco-container” program in one residence building in 2017/18. Students pay a deposit for the container, which can be exchanged for a clean one and students receive a 20 cent discount on their meal when using one of the containers. This program will be expanded going forward.
As noted above, the Eco-Container program is being used to promote reusable takeout containers and students receive a 20 cent discount. In addition, Food Services offers a discount at all locations (including franchises) for customers who bring a reusable cup or mug for coffee and tea.
Food Services has transitioned away from using plastic straws in non-franchise operations, in favour of paper straws. These will minimize plastic waste and shift to a compostable option. The straws will be available on request from the cashier rather than being provided up-front, so it is easier for patrons to elect not to use a straw, and are being phased in as the old plastic straws are depleted. Food Services has also implemented a pay-by-weight program in residences, as opposed to a flat fee, so that students have a financial incentive to reduce food waste and only put as much on their plates as they can eat.
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