University canteens, Tuscany at the national top for environmental sustainability

Tuscan university canteens at the national top for environmental sustainability and respect for the planet. The data emerges from Canteens for the Climate, a report promoted and created by MenoPerPiù, which in collaboration with the Demetra research group, has drawn up a ranking of university catering in Italy.

The investigation was presented this morning on the occasion of “What the hell! – university catering that fights for the environment”, national conference organized in the Santa Apollonia Auditorium in Florence by the regional company for the right to university education in Tuscany and by the national association of bodies for the right to university education university study (Andisu).

According to the survey, which examined the menus of dozens of university catering services, measuring the lower impact on the environment thanks to the reduction in the offer of dishes based on animal proteins, half of the twelve canteens that fall into the highest ranges (A and B) are in Tuscany: Praticelli and Le Piagge in Pisa, Sant’Agata in Siena, that of the Sesto Fiorentino hub, San Miniato in Siena, Calamandrei/Caponnetto in Florence.

Satisfaction was expressed by the President of the Region, who underlines how the commitment to the right to education remains one of the pillars of regional action and seeks to improve more and more, also in terms of the ecological footprint of catering services, taking into account healthy eating of students. The president also applauds the Mensa Verde 2024 section award, awarded yesterday to the Dsu Toscana by Compraverde Buygreen 2024 (the General States of green purchasing). A confirmation, concludes the president of the council, of the efforts that Tuscany is making to be at the forefront of investments for the ecological transition through a systemic approach of the DSU company, starting from the development of menus and administration.

Today’s event was attended by delegations from bodies for the right to education from across the country.

Experiences from the sector were compared to evaluate the relevance of the impact of the production and delivery processes of meals in university canteens which are served daily to over two million students, teachers, technical and administrative staff.
From the interventions it emerged that the introduction of a 100% vegetable alternative between first and second courses can lead to a saving of 1.2 kg CO2 eq. for each user: multiplied by approximately 21 million meals provided to university students each year, it would mean approximately 25,000 tonnes of CO2 less.

During “What the hell!”, the birth of a board made up of 12 members was also announced with the task of drawing up national guidelines for university catering capable of reducing its ecological footprint.

The president of Andisu, explaining the creation of a national collaboration network with a multidisciplinary working group made up of experts, stated that the future destination of the regional bodies for the right to education can only be the sustainable transition also in university catering.

The President of DSU Toscana echoed his words, convinced that acting on sustainability is not a whim and cannot be just empty propaganda, it is a duty to be pursued with concrete actions to be implemented in the services provided, comparing positive experiences and finding solutions that can help the transition process.

Source: Tuscany Region and Dsu Tuscany – Press offices

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