We acknowledge that our work is on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our institution is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.
UW Food Services is at the forefront of developing and implementing environmental initiatives that leave a smaller carbon footprint on our planet. Of course this isn’t easy when we’re feeding so many people, but with the help of services developed by UW students and faculty, we’re making a big difference one lug-a-mug at a time.
For more information, visit: UW Sustainability
Our top sustainability projects
- We're committed to buy local food and support our local economy whenever possible
- UW Farm Market - a seasonal, on campus market providing fresh, local produce, honey and baked goods to students, staff, and faculty
- In 2017, we launched an Eco-Container program at The Market in CMH. In 2018, it expanded through all traditional-style residences.
- We have partnered with the Sustainability Office to achieve the goal of becoming a Fair Trade Certified campus in 2018
- We have switched all our take-out packaging to eco-friendly, compostable containers or PET recyclable friendly containers.
- We recycle our glass, tin, cardboard and cooking oil - diverting over 4 tonnes of material going to the landfill each year
- Recycling containers are available at every UW Food Services location
- New cafeteria trays are made from recycled material
- We've switched to bulk condiments at most eateries
- Our "lug-a-mug" program provides discount coffee prices if you bring in your own reusable coffee mug to any of our outlets.
- Compost-able straws to reduce plastic waste
- New garbage system with compost bins for organic waste
- Vegan options at all residences, and FRSH, an all vegan unit at AHS
Watch a video on eating local.