Highly commended for sustainable partnership

At the awardsWe're proud to have earned a Highly Commended accolade at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) Green Gown awards 2016, for our partnership with Our Cow Molly dairy.

Described by the judges as “a first of its kind collaboration,” the award recognises our commitment to embedding sustainable procurement into our business practice and catering outlets.

Our Cow Molly provides sustainable and locally sourced milk to all 19 of our University catering outlets.

It's located just five miles from campus and is the last dairy farm in Sheffield to process and bottle its own milk.

Our recent investment in our partnership with the dairy enabled it to increase its maximum weekly output from 8,000  to 40,000 litres, providing us with a sustainable source of milk and giving a big boost to the local business.

The Green Gown Awards highlight the continued importance of sustainability within the educational sector.

The judging panel are representatives of sector organisations and/or specialists in a particular area.

The judges said of our collaboration: “The University of Sheffield and Our Cow Molly have demonstrated how creative procurement practices can revitalise local supply chains and it's an inspirational partnership.

"The organisations have worked together to solve specific issues of local procurement and reinvigorate a local business in a highly competitive market place.”