A starring role for catering

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The University’s Accommodation, Catering and Events teams have recently achieved a three-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s Food Made Good initiative, the only University in Scotland to do so. This third-party accreditation demonstrates a credible assessment of commitment and execution to all things sustainable.

Food Made Good is the most globally recognised industry standard for measuring sustainability across the hospitality sector and the largest global community for driving sustainability in hospitality. Areas that are assessed include sourcing local and seasonal food, ethically sourced meat and fish, staff welfare, local community work, recycling and food waste.

This means that students can eat at the University knowing that the produce is sourced ethically and locally, which translates to higher quality food for a reasonable price. They can also be safe in the knowledge that any waste is either recycled or sustainably disposed of.

Reaching three-star status, the highest possible rating, is a huge achievement. Ian Macaulay, Director of Catering said, “At ACE, we know that the way we source, prepare and serve food has a big impact on the environment. In order for us to maintain our accreditation we must take ongoing substantive action around sustainability, which is assessed regularly, pushing us to be ever-more sustainable. We know that sustainability is of increasing concern to our students, especially when it comes to food which is why our three-star status is a great way to show our commitment to the cause going forward.”

Photography: Paul Dodds