Sustainable food at Concordia
Concordia is committeed to ensuring its students have access to more healthy, local and sustainable food choices on campus. There are already many different people doing amazing things on campus, but we're looking at how to transition Concordia to to a localized and sustainable food system. To do this, many different arms of the university must come together: Hospitality Concordia, the Department of Environmental Healthy and Safety, our food services provider Aramark and student organizations. Here's just a taster of what we're doing:
Sustainability and Quality Administrator for Food Services
In 2014, Concordia University received the J.W. McConnell Foundation’s Institutional Food Fund to hire a Sustainable Food System Coordinator. This fund aimed to support institutions’ efforts to improve their procurement practices and supply chain relationships in order to serve healthy, local and sustainable food in their dining halls and eateries.
To further the progress achieved in local, sustainable food sourcing, Hospitality Concordia established the Sustainability and Quality Administrator position in 2019. This position oversees our food service provider’s sustainability targets, which were developed in collaboration with the Food Advisory Working Group. The administrator is also responsible for growing our relationships with sustainable food initiatives both on-campus and in the Montreal community as well as engaging with students about food system issues.
For more information, please contact our Sustainabiltiy & Quality Administrator, Claudette Torbey, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University-wide sustainable food initiatives
Concordia Student Food Groups
The following groups are actively involved in sustainable food systems at Concordia:
Campus Potager turns unused space on Concordia's downtown campus into vegetable gardens and makes their organic produce available to students, faculty, staff, and the public at large in the summer and fall.
City Farm School
The City Farm School is an initiative to develop partnerships and expertise in urban agriculture on the island of Montréal. With the support of Concordia University, The City Farm School (CFS) offers seminars, discussions, internship placements, volunteer opportunities and popular education style teach-ins on permaculture, organic crop planning, producing seedlings, mushroom cultivation, composting, pest management, organic plant nutrition, rain water harvesting, and other topics of great public interest, promoting a strong focus on experiential learning and the cultivation of a can-do spirit.
Concordia Farmer's Market
The Concordia Farmers' Market is committed to providing students and staff with a great selection of local and organic foods every Wednesday from 12-6pm in the EV Atrium at the downtown campus.
Concordia Food Coalition
The Concordia Food Coalition (also known as Community Food Coalition/ CFC) is a non-for-profit student-run organization concerned about the economic, ecological, and social implications of the food system at Concordia University. The CFC brings together students, faculty and staff to promote and facilitate a transition to a more sustainable food system at Concordia.
The Concordia Greenhouse Project is a collectively run, consensus-based, non-profit organization. It uses the Henry H. Hall Building rooftop greenhouse as an all-organic space geared towards community, education and sustainable horticulture. The Greenhouse is a year-round green space that hosts workshops, projects and events raising awareness around food issues and alternatives to mainstream consumerism.
Hive Café Solidarity Co-operative
The Hive Café consists of a downtown and a Loyola café that offers locally & ethical sourced, healthy, affordable, and delicious food options. The downtown Hive Café is located in the Hall Building Mezz level and the Loyola café can be found on the 2nd floor of the Student Centre building. The Hive Café Solidarity Cooperative rents out their spaces for events and their delicious catering service is on the Concordia approved caterer list.
Le Frigo Vert
Frigo Vert is Concordia’s student non-profit health food store. It offers a variety of organic and bulk foods, as well as quick snacks, coffee and environmentally friendly household products at affordable prices.
The People's Potato is a collectively-run soup kitchen that offers vegan meals to students and community members on a by-donation basis. The Potato serves more than 400 meals daily to students and community members with the help of dedicated volunteers and it is dedicated to educating about healthy cooking and food politics.
Check out the Concordia Food Groups Research Project for information about these and other groups as well as food system maps and other resources.