In August 2016 the University started a new catering contract with BaxterStorey. BaxterStorey are helping to improve the sustainability of the University’s catering by:
- Using local suppliers where possible, for example local bakers, butchers and vegetable suppliers are used.
- Providing seasonal food.
- Giving away 1000 reusable ‘keep cups’ across the university and offering a 10p discount on all hot drinks in all University catering outlets if staff or students bring their own mug or a keep cup.
- Selling Fairtrade produce such as coffee and chocolate.
- Weighing and separating all food waste to see where it is being produced and how it can be reduced.
- Making sandwiches on site to reduce mileage.
BCU and BaxterStorey have put in place a Sustainable Catering Policy and Targets to drive environmental improvements throughout the duration of the contract. Progress against this will be reported annually as part of our Management Review of the Environmental Management System. For this Sustainable Catering Policy and Targets, BCU won the ‘Best Greener & Healthier Lifestyles Food Scheme’ in the Making Birmingham Greener and Healthier Awards 2017.
The University has some allotments on the City South Campus for students to use and grow their own fruit and vegetables. In addition to this, free drinking water is provided at all campuses for staff, students and visitors to use.