Sustainable Sourcing

Queens University ranked in the top 10 of the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings for the second year. The rankings examine universities’ impact on society through the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals within and beyond local communities.

Hospitality Services collaborates closely with student groups and organizations across Queen’s campus and external partners committed to helping protect our community and environment. We have developed initiatives to help reduce our carbon footprint and minimize our environmental impact while balancing sustainability with high customer service and fiscal accountability in all policies and procedures.


Local Food

Approximately 42% of our food purchases are from within a 500km radius, and 67% is sourced from within Canada.

How food is produced, sourced, distributed, and handled all have sustainable impacts on local economies and the environment. Hospitality Services commits to minimizing our carbon footprint and supporting the vitality of our neighbouring communities through mindful campus food service operations.

Bee Farm Pilot Project

Did you know Queen’s has an apiary on west campus? Pretty cool right?

After a wonderful harvest of nearly 500 pounds of honey last fall, we are thrilled to announce the arrival of 6 additional hives. In support of these pollinators, we have also added two new wildflower garden plots at the adjacent community garden.

Bee pollinators in urban areas help ensure the health and survival of plants, flowers, and trees. This living lab supports experiential learning and local food production while improving the campus ecosystem and increasing awareness of environmental sustainability within the community. 


Fair Trade Campus

Queen’s University is Canada’s 41st Fair Trade Campus. Fairtrade purchasing ensures that ingredients used in product offerings get produced by small-scale farm organizations or plantations that meet social, economic, and environmental standards and provide opportunities to maintain market relationships and the livelihood of farmers.

Fairtrade coffee, tea and a chocolate bar are standard practices on campus in all dining halls, retail locations, and catering provided by Hospitality Services, Donald Gordon Hotel and Conference Centre, and Queen’s Event Services.


Sustainable Seafood Purchasing 

Housing and Ancillary Services provides the university with a wide range of food services in dining halls, campus retail food locations, and our events and catering operations. Practicing sustainable sourcing can significantly help protect the world's oceans and preserve underwater ecosystems. We commit to purchasing 100% sustainable seafood that is MSC, ASC, or Ocean Wise certified.


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