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Introduction to Sustainable Practices in Food Service

Create a more sustainable food service business and make a difference to your bottom line, your stakeholders, and the environment.

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Introduction to Sustainable Practices in Food Service

Improve your sustainable practices within your organisation

Sustainability isn’t just about ‘greening’; sustainability actually means ‘meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.’

On this course, you’ll look at general global sustainability concepts, issues, and concerns, before focusing on sustainability specifically within food service and what you can do to reduce your impact.

Explore the environmental impact of the food industry

There are many different aspects of sustainability that affect us all. From climate change to carbon footprints, you’ll learn about the various environmental issues in general terms.

You’ll then hone in on sustainability in the food industry, delving into food waste, non-renewable energy consumption, and plastic pollution, among other topics. This will help you to discuss the decisions, actions, and reasons for implementing sustainability practices.

Discover how to implement sustainable practices within a food business

This course will guide you through the different ways that you can implement sustainable practices in both your personal life and in a food service organisation.

You’ll examine the circular economy, using a real-life example to demonstrate the practical ways that it can work. You’ll also discuss how a food service company could consider some key aspects of sustainability, alongside discussing the various challenges you might face.

By the end of this course, you’ll have both strategies and support to create and work within sustainable food service businesses.

Learn from the experts at the ICS

The ICS, accredited by the World Chefs’ Association, are committed to providing professional, excellent, technology-driven education to improve every aspect of the food industry.

What topics will you cover?

  • Brief history of sustainability
  • What does sustainability mean to you?
  • The greatest challenge that humans have ever faced
  • Carbon footprint, greenhouse gasses and climate change explained
  • Human impacts on the environment
  • Future of Food
  • Sustainability in Food Service
  • Consumer expectations - ethical consumerism
  • The circular economy
  • Food service response to sustainability
  • Hospitality Schools response to adopting sustainability

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain global sustainability concepts, issues and concerns
  • Discuss the decisions, actions, and reasons for implementing sustainability in a food service organization
  • Identify some challenges a business might face when implementing sustainable practices
  • Identify ways that an individual can implement sustainable choices.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone working in the food industry, but specifically small business owners and caterers as the course presents clear strategies for making your work sustainable.

What software or tools do you need?

There are no specific requirements however we will direct you to download an App and we will guide you on where to find it.

Who will you learn with?

Career Highlights
Catered for Nelson Mandela
Dignatries in Germany
Competition judge
Banqueting large function organization
Managed large team of chefs
Culinary team chef
Teaching and educating chefs

Who developed the course?

International Culinary Studio

International Culinary Studio offers quality education online from any kitchen.

Learning on FutureLearn

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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