The University of Alberta recognizes the strong connections between people, land and food. Food matters to your health, the health of our community, and the health of the planet. Through the campus sustainability plan, we have made a commitment to enhance sustainability in food purchasing, preparation, waste disposal and related equipment and supplies.
Below are a number of campus initiatives focused on providing sustainable food, reducing food waste, increasing healthy eating, composting and recycling.
- Twenty-seven food vendors in HUB Mall, the Students’ Union Building and the Physical Activity and Wellness Centre are now Green Spaces certified.
- A Sustainable Food Working Group was formed in 2016/17.
- The largest provider of food services on campus is ARAMARK. Their sustainability initiatives include supporting Fair Trade™ coffee selections and local food menus.
- Lister Market offers fresh greens year-round grown in the Canadian-designed Urban Cultivator.
- Five community gardens across four campuses support food security and organic growing techniques.
- The Campus Food Bank distributes food items and toiletries to all members of the University of Alberta community, supporting over 2500 people per year.
- The Students' Union hosts a weekly Farmers' Market allows the campus community to explore the world of local, organic, sustainable, and fresh food.
- Eco discounts are available at many food locations when you bring a reusable food container or mug.
What You Can Do
Did You Know?
The Prairie Urban Farm is a new, one-acre mixed crop garden on South Campus. An initiative born out of the Faculty of ALES, community and student participants can get their hands dirty, learn food production skills and get involved in local food security. The garden organizes educational workshops on topics ranging from composting and beekeeping to planting and canning. Mentors are available to help volunteers develop their gardening knowledge.
The University of Alberta completed a Sustainable Food System Opportunity Assessment in December 2014.