Students recognize McGill dining for green efforts

Recognized for buying from campus farm and other initiatives.

May 25—Food and Dining Services at McGill University in Montreal was named winner of a Green Business Award for Sustainability by the McGill chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), based in the Desautels Faculty of Management.

Two years ago, FDS, led by Laperle and Oliver De Volpi, Executive Chef, put in place a new strategic plan designed to make the unit more sustainable. This included, among other initiatives, buying more produce from Macdonald Campus Farm and local growers in order to serve fresher food in University cafeterias and with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

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