On Tuesday 21st October the Cambridge University College Catering Managers’ Environmental Committee presented gold, silver and bronze awards to colleges which had participated in the annual Environmental Survey. 19 colleges took part and Christ’s, Clare, Kings’, Sidney Sussex and Trinity Hall won gold awards. A picture appeared in the Cambridge News, and David Oakley, catering manager of Churchill College, gave an interview for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Drive Time (available to listen to until October 28th – the interview is at minute 47.11 of the 2-hour programme). Kevin Keohane, Chair of the Environmental Committee, said “The eco-friendly improvements being adopted by our catering teams permeate through the heart of college life.”
Bev Sedley and Ann Mitchell of Cambridge Sustainable Food were asked, for the second year, to be judges of the awards and gave a short presentation at the awards ceremony, saying how impressed they were by the improvements made year on year. Many colleges have increased their provision of local, seasonal produce and also their weekly servings of vegan food, which many now serve on a daily basis, with non-vegans also eating them, thus cutting down on the amount of meat consumed. Three colleges, Christ’s, Kings’ and Madingley Hall, have also in the last year introduced low-carbon meals on their menus, with a blue footprint next to the meals with a lower footprint. There is also a greater variety of ways colleges reduce their food waste.
The event was very well attended and there was delicious food and drink from six stalls from local suppliers: Radwinter Game from Saffron Walden, Cheese Plus from Papworth Everard, Cobs Bakery, with their special Cambridge Loaf, Cambridge Wine Merchants with local bubbly and wines, Milton Brewery and Cambridge Distillery, all of which generated a lot of interest from visitors, in particular the many catering managers there.