York University has a variety of ongoing sustainability initiatives relating to food. From fair trade coffee to organic and healty food options to community gardens, York is striving to reduce the environmental impacts of the food that is consumed on our campuses. Some recent initiatives include:
Las Nubes Coffee
At York we have our own brand of certified fair trade organic coffee that is offered in several locations across campus. Las Nubes (‘the clouds’ in Spanish) comes from the Las Nubes rainforest in Costa Rica, a conservation area of which York is a part owner. For more information, please see http://www.lasnubes.org/coffee.
Local and organic food
Almost 25% of the University’s food budget is spent on local food, including cage-free eggs and milk that is hormone and antibiotic free. In addition, the University only purchases seafood that meets sustainable fisheries guidelines.
Pre-consumer food waste is composted at York Food Services locations. Post-consumer compost bins are located across campus.
York offers an Ecotakeout program at 2 campus locations, featuring re-usable takeout containers.
The “Lug-a-Mug” program offers discounts of up to 25¢ to those who bring their own reusable mug at several campus coffee locations. For more information, please visit http://www.yorku.ca/foodservices.
Maloca Community Garden
Located at the south end of the Keele campus, the Maloca Community Garden was established in 1999 by students from the Faculty of Environmental Studies, and features approximately 2,000 sq. ft. of space for growing vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. The garden provides York and surrounding communities with the opportunity to grow and harvest food in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment, and offers workshops and volunteer opportunities to those interested in community-based organic agriculture. For more information please visit http://malocagarden.wordpress.com.
Located at Glendon College, Lunik Cafe is a student-run co-op that focuses on ethics, health, and sustainability. Lunik offers fair trade coffee, vegan treats such as muffins and chocolate fudge cake, and has plans to offer a full menu of food in the near future.