Yes we canteen

Can we make canteen food more sustainable without limiting freedom of choice? Yes we canteen!

This project is about changing food consumption behavior in buffet-style canteens through a combination of awareness and economic incentive.

The idea
Food makes up a large share of humanity’s carbon emissions. By choosing what we eat, we can reduce much of our individual climate footprint. But in the university canteens at KU, the current pricing system does not promote environmentally friendly meals. Rather than rewarding sustainability, low-carbon choices end up paying for high-carbon food.
The Yes We Canteen project aims to change this.

We have developed a new pricing system that motivates and rewards customers for choosing green, without taking food options away. Our plan combines carbon pricing with growing customer awareness of foods’ climate impact – aiming to reduce carbon emissions through a lasting shift in food consumption patterns, in
the canteen and beyond. To make sure the plan is actionable, we’ve focused on simplicity and profitability for customers and the canteen company alike, making sustainable operations easier for any canteen.

Why join?
The best part of the project is still to come! Now is the time to implement our idea together with the KU canteen, and for this we need you. As a member of Yes we canteen, you will be involved in the first real-world test, with a hand in the action. You will also be able to collect
and analyze the data from the pilot study, seeing the fruits of all of our labor.

Who are we looking for?
Are you interested in driving local change and ready to take co-responsibility in a student-led climate project? We are looking for team players in the following fields:
● Project management
● Communication with canteen and stakeholders
● Design and implementation of surveys
● Data analysis
● Coding and optimization
● Marketing and public relations
● Science communication

Found something on the list? We would be very happy to speak to you!

About us
We are Erik, Pihla, Ognjen, and Reyk, former master’s students at KU who graduated in
2021/2022. To learn more about our project, contact us at yeswecanteen@posteo.net or take a look at our plan.

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