Sustainable UCL


Sustainable Food and Drink

UCL has established a Healthy and Sustainable Food Policy and Strategy to ensure that UCL meets high environmental and socially responsible standards for the food offered through its catering partners, and to encourage healthy and sustainable food production and consumption.

Food and drink commitments

  • Avoid disposable as standard for all food and events (hospitality)
  • 50% or more of our food offers provided are vegetarian or vegan
  • Fairtrade-certified tea, coffee, bananas, chocolate (confectionary, cocoa powder, drinking chocolate) and sugar are standard
  • Provide carbon labels in-house food provided to allow consumers to make informed choices


What UCL is doing

  • Awarded 3 (out of 3) stars Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) Food Made Good award
  • Jointly awarded the 1-star Fairtrade University and College Award, following a student-led audit in 2022 
  • Successful adoption of CLUBZERO coffee cup deposit scheme
  • Vegetarian and vegan default hospitality choices #PoweredbyPlants
  • Established the UCL Sustainable Food Working group - a new collaborative pan-UCL group of representatives from UCL caterers, Sustainable UCL, Union and Student Societies, to share best practice.

UCL’s sustainable food initiatives


Ethical and sustainable food sourcing

UCL and UCLU commit to using, selling and promoting ethical products across campus. 

Turning coffee waste into fuel

Reducing Food Waste

UCL is tracking and monitoring food waste and developing ways to reduce it. 

UCL Powered by Plants

UCL: Powered by Plants

Find out about UCL's campaign to make all events and meetings 100% vegetarian.

Community garden at MMSL

Community Food Growing

Get involved with some of our food-growing projects.

Farmers market

Supporting food enterprise projects

UCL can support your sustainable food initiatives, whether it is a Living Labs research project or a new idea or product.

Food at UCL

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The food at UCL is provided by CH&Co.

> Find cafe and hospitality menu's at FoodatUCL.com 
> Refill your water bottle; use our water cooler map

Sustainable events

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Ordering vegetarian food, reducing disposable plastics and reducing food waste at events all help UCL meet our sustainability goals.

How to order sustainable catering at UCL