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.

 

Green to Go Project

 

Take Action and Choose To Reuse on Campus

We are excited to partner with the Office of Sustainability for the Green To Go Program.
In 4 easy steps, you will not only reduce waste on campus, but make a difference for the better. 
Plus you will receive a free meal from one of our partner locations for every 10 times you use Green To Go!

With this program we have saved approximately 1500 disposable containers from the trash since 2016.

Green To Go Step 1 and 2 Green To Go Step 3-4

Green to Go Partner Locations

Request a Green to Go container at any of these partner locations:

Robbins Health Learning Centre (Building 8):
The Lunch Box, Tavolino

City Centre Market (Building 6):
OVEN, TASTE, SEASON

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 Urban Beekeeping Project is a partnership between MacEwan University Campus Services and the Office of Sustainability

  • The project launched in 2016 after the City of Edmonton began permitting backyard beekeeping

  • The project includes six rooftop Flow hives and a ground-level bee hotel (meant for solitary bees).

  • To date, our team has harvested more than 140L of raw honey, which is sold at our Annual Harvest Sale and is incorporated into Food Services’ menu offerings.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF URBAN BEEKEEPING?

Bees pollinate a significant amount of the food we eat, up to 70% according to a 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.

WHY IS THIS PROJECT IMPORTANT? 

  • The Urban Beekeeping Project aligns with the MacEwan University pillar of sustainability and continues to innovate using creative approaches for a sustainable campus.

  • The 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) portfolio, 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

MACEWAN HONEY

Since 2016 , we have proudly served urban raw honey—fresh from the hive. No harvest is identical, as our bees access flora within a 10km radius of our campus. One thing’s for sure though: MacEwan Honey is like nothing you’ve tasted before. No pasteurization. No additives. No nonsense. Just fresh, sticky, delicious honey.

MACEWAN VINAIGRETTE

New to our lineup in 2018 is MacEwan Vinaigrette. The recipe, designed by our in-house chef, Navneet Kumar, features MacEwan Honey, olive oil, mint and other delicious ingredients. This well-balanced dressing is perfect for salads, sandwiches or whatever else is on your plate.

 

WHERE TO BUY URBAN BEEKEEPING PRODUCTS

MacEwan Honey and Vinaigrette are sold annually at our Harvest Sale. This year’s sale takes place on Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m at MacEwan University. Quantities are limited, so don’t miss out. Watch us on social media (@SustainMacEwanU) to see when the next sale is.

 

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