We have developed a sustainability policy and key members of our team work closely with the University's Sustainability Team, a dedicated group of environmental impact experts who guide us in reviewing and improving our processes. Across all our operations our teams recycle all the waste oil, cardboard, cans, paper, glass, batteries and plastics used on a daily basis. In addition, recycling points have been installed in communal areas such as kitchens, and staff segregate waste into different bins in order to maximise the amount that is recycled.
We are committed to food sustainability and reducing food miles. Our catering team purchase over £40,000 of organic veg annually from Manchester Veg People a local cooperative of growers based in Manchester and we also purchase locally sourced organic milk from Gazegill Organics which is offered as an alternative in some of our venues.
Our tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar, orange and apple juice is Fairtrade and 2016 sees us celebrating 11 years of being a Fairtrade University. We purchase One Water, an ethical bottled water that donates all of its profits to fund PlayPump® water systems in Africa. Our eggs are free range and our fish appears on the Marine Conservation Society approved list, meaning that any fish deemed at most risk of extinction are not caught.
Our catering teams have achieved a number of awards for sustainability including, most recently, our residences catering team winning the prestigious 2016 Sustainable Restuarant Association's Food Made Good Awards in the category of of Best Food Waste Strategy. Competition was stiff with Pizza Express and London caterer Vacherin also shortlisted for this category. Previous catering related environmental awards include one of our cafes winning the community vote in the 2014 Footprint Awards where customers voted for their local restaurant, eatery, pub, café that demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and reducing negative impact on the environment. In 2013 our residences catering team received a bronze Food For Life catering marque in recognition of the efforts the team make to ensure that food is locally and responsibly sourced.
Our AV team are based in-house reducing the environmental impact of transporting AV equipment and staff for each event. Our AV team have reduced their carbon footprint by purchasing energy efficient LED screens and using 'smart' technologies in break out rooms along with technology to monitor and switch off lighting and AV equipment when not in use. Laser projectors are purchased which have reduced overall power consumption compared with conventional bulb projectors along with a reduction of toxic metals in their manufacture making them a more environmentally friendly choice. All packaging and batteries for our equipment are recycled.