City College has been awarded the prestigious Green Apple Gold Award for Environmental best practice after successfully achieving its ongoing environmental initiatives.
The Green Apple Awards, launched in 1994 by the Green Organisation is an annual international campaign to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the world with the ceremony being held in the House of Commons, London in November.
City College Peterborough has a dedicated ‘Green Group’ that works together to improve its impact upon the environment and has taken part in various environmental projects. These have ranged from the installation of roof solar panels for both campuses, a free course on how to sew bags and homeware gifts from reclaimed coffee sacks and the kindling recycling project which saw people with learning and physical disabilities work together to break up old wooden pallets and donate them to local companies which are then sold as kindling.
The Super kitchen initiative, a social dining enterprise takes perfectly usable food items from manufacturing sources that would normally be thrown away or destroyed due to oversupply, imperfections or reduced demand. Products used are in date, fit for consumption and perfectly safe to use with the idea that these products are used for the benefit of social dining rather than being discarded.
The concept of the Super Kitchen provides an affordable opportunity to the lesser privileged to have a wholesome meal regardless of the ability to pay and the opportunity to meet in a social environment and aids in combatting food poverty and social isolation.
Pat Carrington, Principal of City College Peterborough comments: “I am extremely proud of the College for receiving the Green Apple Award. We strive to be as eco-friendly as possible and with our newest Super Kitchen initiative coupled with our previous environmental projects this has made us a college that is not only environmental friendly but gives something back to the Peterborough community.
City College Peterborough Super Kitchen events take place on a monthly basis at its Brook Street campus and in the near future, City College plans to roll these out to community settings across Peterborough.