Green changes on the horizon for higher education eating

Soil Association and NUS team up to make a big impact in sustainable university catering

The Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark recently announced a new partnership with the NUS’ Green Impact scheme. The partnership closely aligns the standards of both organisations, helping higher education services provide more sustainable catering for students. Any institution – including universities, students’ unions and colleges – meeting the Green Impact criteria will now be perfectly positioned to achieve the Catering Mark. Those achieving both awards will receive a discount and additional support. 

Green Impact is a scheme run by NUS encouraging pro-environmental behaviours amongst students. By linking up communication and building team responsibility it helps to raise awareness in universities about the importance of sustainability. Together with the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark this new initiative will lead improvements in catering across university campuses nationwide.

Rich Watts, senior Catering Mark manager said; “We know students are looking for more freshly cooked, responsibly sourced food, which is why schemes like the Catering Mark are already playing a part in university catering across the UK. We’re really excited that Green Impact are aligning their standards to our own as it will help link up sustainability across all aspects of catering on campus.”

The Food for Life Catering Mark is the only standard which is independently inspected, giving students, unions and staff an independent endorsement that the food on site is ethical, sustainable, free from undesirable additives and at least 75% of the menu is freshly prepared. This new partnership will consolidate the importance of sustainability in universities.

Piers Telemacque, NUS vice president for society and citizenship said; “Green Impact works closely with students’ unions to embed sustainable behaviours in day to day life. Food is a huge part of this. The Food for Life Catering Mark truly reassures students that the food they’re eating is better for the environment, animal welfare and freshly cooked.”

There are financial incentives available for caterers looking to achieve both schemes as well as an enriched support programme. This additional support will help caterers embed the principles of Green Impact and the Catering Mark and add further value to their offerings for students’ unions. 

Catering Mark Supplier Membership is available for suppliers who offer products which meet the Catering Mark Standards. Get in touch to find out more. 

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