Mississauga – Aramark makes it easy for students at 15 universities and colleges in Canada to make climate-friendly choices, by serving up great meals on their stay-in menus this semester. The Cool Food Meals badge identifies dishes with a low carbon footprint and will appear on up to 250 menu items that Aramark will serve in residential dining rooms while serving whatever you want.
Earlier this year, the World Resources Institute (WRI) announced Aramark as the first catering company to introduce the Cool Food Meals badge to identify dishes with a low carbon footprint in university dining halls in the United States. Appearing in the Fall 2022 semester on up to 250 menu items that Aramark will serve in the dining rooms of 15 Canadian institutions of higher learning.
WRI has measured the carbon footprint of hundreds of Aramark recipes to determine which items meet Cool Food Meals standards, based on the farm-to-fork ingredients, and the land used to produce the meal. If a dish’s carbon footprint is below the limit set for each serving, and also meets nutrition guarantees, it has been approved as a cold-food meal. Some examples of Aramark dishes that would be classed as a fine dining meal include Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos, Jerk Chicken Pasta, Thai Lentil Rice Bowl, and Marrakesh Vegetable Stew.
“We are delighted to give students the opportunity to select climate-friendly options on their menus with the help of the Cool Food Meals badge,” said Andy Seclus, President of Aramark Canada. “Our market research has clearly demonstrated consumers’ desire to reduce the amount of meat in their diets, as well as a growing interest in combating climate change. Great meal recipes will provide students with the means to do both.”
“Young people are among the loudest voices calling for climate action. With agriculture accounting for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, changing what we eat is one of the easiest ways to lower our personal carbon footprint and be more effective,” said Edwina Hughes, Head of Cold Foods at the World Resources Institute. It’s making an impact in the world.” “Students, faculty, and staff will now have an easy way to put their climate ambitions into action—whether it’s lunch after class, before heading out to an event, or late-night dining. It’s about helping people make climate action a simple and essential part of their lifestyle.”
Aramark’s commitment to the planet is an essential part of the company’s sustainability plan, be good Done well.Focuses on the positive impact on people and the planet. Planet Aramark’s priority focuses on several initiatives that address climate change. The company is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by offering more vegetarian and vegan meals, saving resources responsibly, operating more efficiently, reducing food waste, and reducing packaging.
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