The University of Greenwich, in partnership with Sodexo has been named as the University of the Year by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Greenwich was recognised for its active engagement with the ‘MSC Investigates’ series of animated films which involved internal and social media marketing. The MSC said that over 30 universities got involved with this initiative, but none more so than Greenwich.

Top chef Raymond Blanc OBE and food chains Waitrose and Marks & Spencer are among the other individuals and organisations to be honoured.

Steve Hawkins, Sodexo account director for the University of Greenwich, said: “Our true partnership approach with Greenwich University and MSC allowed us to engage with the students and staff about the benefits of sustainable seafood. The team on site delivered this to a wide audience and we are immensely proud of winning this award”.

Emily Mason, sustainability project officer at the University of Greenwich, said: “Students at Greenwich can be confident that their university is only serving sustainably sourced fish. This is all part of our Sustainable Food Policy. Along with our catering contractors Sodexo, we are working hard to incorporate environmental, ethical and social considerations into everything that we serve in our cafes and restaurants.”

The university has a strong track record of achievement in environmental issues. It won The Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development in 2013 and is a past winner of the People & Planet Green League Table of universities.

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