We are working to create a sustainable food system on campus that caters to the needs of our community while being sensitive to social and environmental issues. Our goal is to increase the amount of local, organic, equitable, vegan, and vegetarian options on campus.
Sustainable food tips
Supporting local farmers is just the beginning. Learn about how to reduce your environmental impact though responsible food choices.
Look for the logos
Local, organic, vegetarian, vegan, and fair trade foods are available all over the campus. Learn what their logos are and keep an eye out for them.
Try plant based proteins
The University offers vegetarian and vegan alternatives at all locations on campus. Plant proteins are less expensive and have a much lower environmental footprint.
Bottled Water Free Campus
In 2010, the University of Ottawa became Ontario's first bottled water free campus. Simple bottled water is not available for sale on campus. Instead, the University opted to install accessible water fountains everywhere on campus.
Fair Trade Campus
In 2013, the University of Ottawa became Canada's 7th Fair Trade Campus. With the help of Food Services, uOttawa has held this certification ever since.
Fair Trade Campus
The University of Ottawa was the 7th campus in Canada to receive Fair Trade Campus designation.
Being a is a commitment to supporting and educating about fair trade. It means ensuring that as many Fair trade products as possible, including food and drink, are available in as many places as possible in and around the campus. Increasing use and sale of Fair trade products can have a huge impact on producers and their communities.
Here's what we're doing to be a Fair Trade Campus. At all campus non-franchised outlets you will find:
- All coffee is Fair Trade certified
- At least three varieties of teas are Fair Trade certified;
- At least one chocolate bar is Fair Trade certified
- There is a poster explaining fair trade; and
- There is a sign indicating that fair trade products are available.
As for franchised outlets:
- Tim Hortons doesn't offer fair trade products
- Only Starbucks espresso based drinks are Fair Trade
- Second Cup coffees are 'fairly traded'