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Sustainable Spatial Development

Products from the Region for the Region (1999)

With 13 million meals per day, catering in hospitals, university cafeterias or company canteens is a significant component of food consumption in Germany. The production, distribution and processing of the goods needed for this are associated with multiple interactions between man and the environment. Large-scale kitchens are subject to specific economic and organisational conditions which until now have made sustainable operation impossible. The project 'Products of the Region for the Region: Sustainable Approaches to Distribution and Disposal in Catering' is based on the core hypothesis that catering can be made more sustainable by establishing regional distribution and disposal centres. This hypothesis will be tested by using the student cafeterias of the universities of Dortmund and Bochum as case studies. For these two case studies a project-oriented sustainability approach will be developed on the basis of which a concept for regional distribution and disposal for catering will be planned and examined for feasibility. The results will be generalised and transferred to other study regions. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and is co-ordinated by the Chair of Economics and Regional Economic Policy of the Faculty of Spatial Planning and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flows and Logistics. Practice partners are the Studentenwerk Dortmund, the Akademisches Förderungswerk Bochum and K&P Consulting, Düsseldorf.

Contact: Paul Velsinger

Further information: http://www.nachhaltig.de/

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