A new semester kicked off at The University of Winnipeg today, and for the first time since the school's Diversity Food Services program began, students in search of flavourful meat-free food options will now have a new plant-based eatery to call their own.
Situated in the space formerly occupied by The Malecon on the fourth floor of Centennial Hall, Sprout vegan kitchen was developed both in an effort to accommodate a more diverse spectrum of students and to bolster the university’s ongoing efforts to increase sustainability.
“The University of Winnipeg is strongly committed to fostering good relationships with people and ecosystems through all of our operational decisions. This is especially important when it comes to the food we provide on campus,” said Joseph Wasylycia-Leis, Campus Sustainability Coordinator. “We know that meat production is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, so we have a responsibility to promote plant-based alternatives. Focusing on plant-based options reduces our carbon footprint, supports local producers, and provides students with healthy meal choices.”
The University of Winnipeg was already in a league of its own after scoring almost 20 per cent higher than any Canadian campus in the food and dining category of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s annual Sustainable Campus Index, so we expect the launch of Sprout will more than solidify its status among the nation's best.
More information about Diversity Food Services at The University of Winnipeg can be found online.