ANU Good Food Guide

Eating. Shopping. Venue Hire. Catering. 

Helping the ANU community consume food more sustainably. 

This is a “flagship” project – highlighted because of its unique importance and potential for positive impact. 

To get involved with this project, join the Facebook working group, or contact us

Project: The ANU Good Food Guide
Summary: Whether dining, shopping, or seeking catering and venue hire options, we want to help the ANU community consume food more sustainability. The guidebook can be used by individuals, and by ANU organizations hosting events or other functions. It will be available digitally and in print.
Timeline: The project is ongoing throughout the academic period between 2018 and 2019, with an anticipated launch during ANU O-Week.

Overview

Benefits to ANU Environment Department:

This allows us to advertise ourselves broadly, potentially to thousands of students, all without incurring significant financial costs. Instead of a flyer that students are likely to throw out or a poster that fades away over time, we instead create a useful and lasting resource that also happens to act as ongoing advertising for us.

This helps us meets our constitutional requirement to promote environmental sustainability, both at the individual level (personal dining) and organizational level (event catering, venue hire) in a way that is practical, affordable, and achievable.

This helps us build networks with local businesses and other sustainability-related organizations, which can be useful in the future for a range of reasons: catering, further sponsorship deals, venue hire, etc.

Benefit to sponsors, ANU, and the wider community:

Advertising: This offers a constructive, helpful way for businesses to advertise themselves to thousands of students. To that end, we may be able to get some financial sponsorship collectively from them to help cover printing costs.

Good for incoming students: The guide can also play a role in helping out-of-town students familiarize themselves with Canberra. Ideally, additional versions of this booklet could even be translated for international students.

Student involvement: The guide will be designed by students, and feature student reviews. Ideally, free meals or products will be provided for reviewers, offering a free and fun way to engage with the creation of the booklet, encouraging further awareness.

A broader resource on sustainable food: The guide can also have a page that introduces students to some simple but important concepts in sustainable food consumption, and provides information about sustainable shopping (markets, etc). See this infographic for example.

Methods:

We can explore different publication options, from a low-cost digital booklet promoted across social media and other websites, to printed versions available en-masse. External funding can help us cover printing costs and scale the guide up to large audiences. With enough funding, we could include the booklets in O-Week showbags, distribute them to residential halls, and put them across other spaces on campus.

Funding:

  • ANU Green: May be able to assist with funding and / or other aspects of the projects. I’ll reach out to them soon.
  • Local NGOs: Local organizations may be able to provide help in various ways (promotion, design work, financial support). Do you work with a group that might find this project interesting? Students and others already involved with these groups are encouraged to reach out on the collective’s behalf!
  • Business Organizations: The Canberra Business Chamber and similar organizations may be able to provide advice, promotion and other support? Does anyone with a biz background want to explore that avenue? CBE people with Big Suit Energy™, we need you!
  • ANUSA O-Week Budget: It’s possible the O-Week budget may be able to help with this. It’s not certain but I can ask!
  • ANU Environment Collective: We can potentially fund part of the printing costs out of the 2019 budget (retroactively). Honoraria (usually distributed at the end of each year) may also be available to students who provide significant assistance with the project.

Getting Involved:

This is a super laid-back project with lots of easy ways to contribute. We can get a lot done from a couch with a laptop. Here are just some of the ways you can help get this going:

  • Share your foodie knowledge: There’s a separate document here you can edit with a list of businesses. Plz add more names!
  • Brainstorm like a thought leader! Make suggestions to the plan or project
  • Funding: Suggest more ideas for ways to fund this, offer to follow-up on funding ideas
  • Design: Offer your graphic design or printing layout skills, or poke your artistic friend
  • Promote: Tell any other people you think might be interested about the project
  • Review: Eventually we’ll need student reviewers to head out on location to eat and write!

Next Steps:

I’ve created a mail template to contact the businesses I’ve identified so far. I’ll start to reach out to them as I review their menus and so on. I’ll continue to review and contact businesses as you folks add their names to the document.

The contact mail includes a link to a Google form for businesses to express interest and get involved. I’ve also asked them to specify if they’re able to provide support in the form of free meals or product samples (up to $20), or financial support (in two brackets: $20-100, and $100+). This should give us an idea of how many businesses are interested, and how much funding we can get from them alone to help cover printing costs.

Speaking of printing, I’ll investigate local “green” printing options, get some preliminary quotes, and report back with the best options.