- Case study
- Oct 29 2016
With more than 1,000 students, ranging from 14-year-olds to working people, the Minoprio Foundation is fully committed to teaching people about the green environment – and embracing the green agenda. Given our Group’s own commitment to sustainability, it’s perhaps not surprising that Sodexo Italy has been a long-term partner at the 64-hectare estate, which is located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Lake Como. The Foundation has three main parts: an educational center in the main building, comprising classrooms, laboratories, catering and sports facilities; an agricultural center including greenhouses, tunnels, tree nurseries, vegetable gardens and a 10-hectare orchard; and historic parkland. With more than 50 teachers, the Foundation offers a wide range of qualifications from school certificates to Masters degrees, along with specialized training programs for companies, the unemployed or people with disabilities.
Our students, especially the youngest ones, may suffer being distant from their family. So we try to make them feeling at home, offering a comfortable and healthy environment. In my opinion, this is what Quality of Life means.
Anna Zottola – Head of Educational Center and Campus, Minoprio Foundation
Fully aligned with the Foundation’s focus and values, Sodexo Italy delivers a similarly wide range of services in support, with the latest development being a self-service restaurant based on its Think Green offer. From menu design and food preparation to meal service and awareness-raising, the Think Green program delivers a message about healthy living and protecting the environment in many different ways. Tasty recipes with seasonal, organic produce – grown on the estate wherever possible – provide nutritious, balanced meals that also reduce food waste. Menus are designed with lower temperatures and healthier cooking techniques, while timed lighting in the kitchen and restaurant reduce energy consumption. This focus on sustainability has also seen paper cups replaced by glasses, plastic bottles by a water fountain, the scrapping of place mats altogether and the use of napkins made of paper from sustainable forests. Waste is recycled and eco-label products are used for cleaning.
And the initiative doesn’t stop there. To deliver on the ‘Think’ part of its name, posters on the walls encourage diners to considers ways of reducing their carbon footprint and energy consumption. Other events include re-use contests, where teams of students challenge each other to create new objects from items they find in the restaurant – as a way of imaginatively recycling packaging, boxes, cans etc. The restaurant also stimulates interest by staging activities to mark events such as Earth Day, Earth Hour (with dinner by candle light) and Sodexo’s own WasteLESS Week, the five-day sustainability initiative carried out at customer sites every October. Sodexo’s H&S teams have also contributed by developing educational programs based on healthy nutrition and there are menus are reviewed on a regular basis by a student working group and Sodexo teams. Taken together, the Think Green efforts have reduced the Foundation’s running costs, enhanced the learning environment and wellbeing of its students, and given everyone food for thought.
Could you provide an example of a Quality of Life initiative in your area of expertise that recently caught your attention? Google is moving into the world of healthcare, particularly cancer research. With the use of artificial intelligence, several subsidiaries of Google are now working to fight different diseases including cancer. Google has become an unexpected challenger for the pharmaceutical industry! The theme of our 50th anniversary celebration is "Imagine Quality of Life". Give us a g...
Thank you for submitting your request to become a Quality of Life
You will receive an e-mail informing you when your Spotter account is activated.