Sustainability

Sustainability

At MacEwanEats, our team works everyday to reduce our environmental footprint while delivering exceptional dining services on campus. We have a commitment to improve the environment and recognize that the decisions we make today connect us to our future.

Practices

PRACTICES

  • Our cutlery is biodegradable
  • We have reusable containers from our Green To Go Program
  • We serve fair trade and organic coffee that is sustainably responsible
  • Our Alberta beef is 100% hormone and antibiotic free
  • We serve a large selection of certified organic products of Canada at the Convenience Store
  • Our seafood is certified by Canada’s Ocean Wise Program.
  • We proudly serve vegetarian and vegan options on all campuses.
  • 30% of food and beverages served on campus are locally sourced

PROJECTS

We are committed to re-purposing campus space to grow food locally and naturally and activating solutions for positive environmental, social and economic impact.

Urban Cultivator Project

Located in City Centre Market in Building 6, our urban cultivators are growing fresh herbs and micro greens for our Food Services team. 

Tower Gardens Project

Tower Gardens is a pilot project that re-purposes limited space on campus and grows produce and fruit using a patented vertical watering cycle. Located at the bottom of the spiral staircase in Building 6, be sure to visit MacEwan’s first urban garden.

 

URBAN BEEKEEPING 

We are committed to re-purposing campus space to grow food locally and naturally and activating solutions for positive environmental, social and economic impact. Our Urban Beekeeping project has a particular emphasis on increasing food security in an urban setting and focuses on education and economic sustainability as effective strategies for achieving these goals.

WHAT IS THE URBAN BEEKEEPING PROJECT?
  • The project includes six rooftop flow hives and a ground-level bee hotel (meant for solitary bees).
  • The City of Edmonton recently approved the Urban Bee Keeping pilot project which has encouraged citizens to keep backyard bees across the city. 
  • MacEwan University will be joining City Hall, the Mosaic Centre, and Manasc Issac in keeping rooftop bees.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF URBAN BEEKEEPING?

  • Bees pollinate a significant amount of the food we eat, up to 70% according to a recent UN report, and are essential to biodiversity and plant reproduction. Keeping bees at MacEwan University provides habitat for these pollinators, thereby encouraging food security and raising awareness of the challenges we face in our changing climate.
  • Honey produced will be sold through MacEwan Dining Services, with a projected ROI of two harvests or 18 months.
WHY IS THIS PROJECT IMPORTANT? 
  • Urban Beekeeping Project aligns with the MacEwan University pillar of sustainability and continues to innovate using creative approaches for a sustainable campus.
  • Urban Beekeeping Project focuses on MacEwan University values by engaging with students, inspiring innovative solutions, and connecting department pathways for achievement and growth.
  • As part of the MacEwan University Food Security and Sustainable Dining (FSSD) Project, we aim to increase the capacity and resilience of the region’s food system and local enterprises 

For more information about our Urban Beekeeping Project, please contact the Office of Sustainability at sustainability@macewan.ca 

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