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Sustainability and Food Services

University of Toronto Food Services continues to be committed to sustainable practices.

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U of T chefs bring more sustainable, plant-based food to campus menus

U of T Food Services has pledged to convert another 20 per cent of its menus to plant-based options as part of the university’s broader sustainability goals.

Forward Food cooks

Sustainability Initiatives

Our Commitments

MEALCARE

We are partnering with the U of T chapter of MealCare; a student-run program that helps redirect surplus food to those in need.

UTUS FOOD BANK

We donate to the UTSU Food Bank which is open to all University of Toronto students in need of food. This service provides support to single students and students with families.

STARS

We are currently working with the Sustainability Office to apply for STARS accreditation.

CAMPUS AS A LIVING LAB OF SUSTAINABILITY

Living Lab is a university initiative that creates partnerships between multiple stakeholders, aiming to tackle real-world sustainability challenges.

We collaborated with 4th year students within The UofT campus as a Living Lab of Sustainability course to prepare a framework towards a Sustainable Food Policy document.


our work with second harvest

Food Donations 2021

$72,969.76

Value of donated food


52,762 kg

Greenhouse gases diverted


21,981

Meals provided

Pie graph showing amount of food donated by Food Services

Graph showing what Food Services donated in 2021: 9,150 kg Prepared food, 453 kg Other beverages, 176 kg Produce, 52 kg Crackers & Cereals, 46 kg Legumes and 113 kg of Other foods.


reusable food containers

Eco2Go

Our commitment to sustainability includes the Eco2Go reusable food container program to reduce single use plastics. To encourage use of the program, we’ve provided one container free of charge to every student resident of Chestnut Residence, New College, and CampusOne for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.

Containers are available to everyone on campus for only $5—visit the dining hall at Chestnut Residence, New College, or CampusOne to participate in the program.

Due to our commitments to safety throughout COVID-19, we’ve had to reintroduce individually packaged products, including plastic bottled beverages and disposable cutlery. When circumstances allow, Food Services intends to redouble efforts to reduce plastic waste.


accessible drinking water

Bottled water on campus

In 2011, the University of Toronto made a commitment in support of accessible public drinking water. Specific initiatives in aid of this commitment included:

  • Limiting the sale and distribution of bottled water, except at special events, including especially outdoor events, where bottled water is the only source of hydration
  • Installing and/or upgrading public water sources
  • Ensuring that design standards for new buildings and major renovations include public water sources
  • Eliminating the use of bottled water by academic and administrative departments for meetings and events, on a voluntary basis
  • Investing in and supporting education and outreach activities
Bottle Free at U of T