Chartwells Announces Winners of the Chartwells Campus Projects

Supporting students across Canada working to make real environmental and social changes

Toronto, ON, November 24, 2017 – As winners of the Chartwells Campus Project, students at 5 colleges and universities will have an opportunity to make their environmental and social dreams a reality. Since 2014 Chartwells foodservices has worked with university and college students across Canada to develop innovative concepts that offer solutions to the real environmental and social challenges facing us today. (complete list of previous winners below)

We are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 winners of the Chartwells Campus Project:

  • Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) will build a Campus Food Room, focusing on food security for students
  • McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) will develop a campaign to affect waste generating behavior and host a Waste Case Competition
  • Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario) will develop a culinary skill curriculum for use by campus groups
  • Trinity College, University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario) will build a roof top food garden
  • Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario) will reinvent their reusable mug program which will include a self-serve wash station

The Chartwells Campus Projects fund winners for 2017-2018 have been selected for their ability to advance sustainability through innovation on their respective campuses, with support from Chartwells and Compass Group Canada. Through the Chartwells Campus Projects, students are empowered to take action today, in the places they live and study by building sustainable solutions for the world to adopt tomorrow.

“At Chartwells we firmly believe in a collaborative approach with our students and clients whereby we are a thought partner with them throughout the student experience. We are so inspired by the active role that our students are taking in shaping the future of food. Now, more than ever, food for the Mind, Body and Soul is critical in enhancing student life on campus. These campus projects, led by students, motivate all of us to think bigger and aspire to do more not just for today, but for the sustainable footprint we leave behind in the future. I want to personally congratulate all of our winners and look forward to seeing this list growing even larger in the years to come!” – Ashton Sequeira
Innovative Chartwells Campus Projects ideas range from a small scale off-grid hydroponic table, created by Humber college students, that not only grows fresh food but is also a piece of functional furniture, and ultimately an education tool to the creation of the Trent Market Garden which annually provides 2000lbs of fresh organic produce to the wider community, and lets students practice organic agriculture on their campuses.

“The students we get to work with on these projects come with a truly transformative perspective on how to approach some of the persistent roadblocks to sustainability we face every day,” said Jana Vodicka, Manager, Campus Engagement and Sustainability. “The best part is, we get to figure out how to overcome these issues together through the students’ projects.”

These project have lasting impacts that serve the campuses on which they are implemented, but also allow for trialed adoption on numerous campuses at which Chartwells is the food service provider. Most importantly, students have the chance to affect change, develop skills and challenge their entrepreneurial muscles, and become the leaders we need here and now.

This is about looking forward, engaging passion and advancing sustainability by igniting one idea at a time.

Congratulations to our partner campuses! We look forward to working with you.

View our current list of Chartwells Campus Project winners!