2019 Organizational Sustainability Champion
We are so excited with the recognition of our accomplishments and being awarded as the Organization Sustainable Champion! A huge Thank You to our amazing team and participants that have made this possible! We hope to continue our practices and implement new initiatives!
Hospitality Services recognizes the importance and urgency of our environmental crisis. As such, we actively pursue to implement practices for sustainability! We aim to represent the pressing concerns through collaborations and integrative approaches through stimulating direct action!
This year, Queen’s Hospitality Services was nominated for Sustainable Kingston’s recognition for the Organizational Sustainability Champion Award! Queen’s Hospitality Services has made extensive efforts in 2018-2019 to champion food security, environmental stewardship, sense of community and climate action! As outlined by Sustainable Kingston, the criteria for our nominations as listed below:
Climate change is today’s most significant global threat to our quality of life. This generation’s response to climate change will be our most important legacy. As a community, we have a responsibility to take action. This can happen by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, by taking advantage of the economic opportunity to grow our renewable energy production capacity, and by reducing our climate vulnerability through adaptation and emergency preparedness.
Sense of Community
Sense of community refers to people’s perception of interconnection and interdependence, shared responsibility and common goals. This Priority Area considers actions that improve civic engagement, lower barriers to inclusion, and make Kingston a welcoming and supportive community. Having a strong sense of community is important because it helps build social capital among residents and encourages volunteerism. Also, a community that is rich in social capital provides a wealth of intelligence and sensitivity that will fortify and support community sustainability efforts.
The idea of stewardship stems from responsibility to remain accountable for the consequences of one’s actions. In understanding the interconnectedness of our ecology, we know that our human activities have direct consequences on the physical environment. Environmental stewardship calls upon the community to share the responsibility of protecting and sustaining our shared environment.
Securing a healthy, sustainable food system for future generation’s means considering social, cultural, health, and environmental implications in food production and consumption. Although this is a complex problem, there is now enough evidence to show that sustainable, healthy diets mean eating a plant-based diet, low in meat that minimizes food waste.
Most of the food we buy comes from outside of the Kingston region and travels long distances to get here. A strong local food system is important for local economic development, climate resilience, and for providing healthy and sustainable food to our community. Supporting local farmers and ensuring access for all to healthy, nutritious food contributes to a healthy, equitable society and healthy environment.
Queen’s Hospitality Services has worked toward:
- Increasing and promoting plant-based food options at Queen’s
- Buying local / seasonal produce
- Launching Housing & Ancillary Sustainability Working Group
- Combatting student food insecurity via Swipe It Forward Queen’s initiative
- FoodRescue.ca / Soul Food / Loving Spoonful participant
- Launching Eco-Beverage card
- Eliminating plastic straws at retail locations and national brands
- Installing sauce pumps to eliminate single-use packets
- Tray-less dining at West Campus
- “Green Your Event” catering options – e.g., bulk juices