Every Action Counts:  Gold Sustainable Food City Award

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is a member of the UK Sustainable Food Cities network. This is a growing movement of cities, towns and regions that are working to transform the food system. The Sustainable Food Cities award recognises those places that are achieving significant positive change on a range of food issues.

What is a Sustainable Food City?

This is an independently assessed, citywide award acknowledging the actions being taken by businesses, projects and individuals that support aims which contribute towards the following key issues:


Every action that contributes to any one of these key issues forms part of our #GoldFoodCityBid.  This award builds on our Silver Sustainable Food City Award achieved in June 2015.


Why is Brighton and Hove Going for Gold?

Brighton and Hove is a thriving food city with many organisations and projects contributing towards Brighton and Hove’s bid for gold.  This is an opportunity to acknowledge all the fantastic projects, organisations and individual food heroes across the city. Below are just some examples of the actions being taken to address the six key issues above.

Really excited that the Real Junk Food Project will be catering at Seedy Sunday on 2nd Feb seedysunday.org Delicious food saved from landfill to fill our bellies! @realjunkfoodBri #goldfoodcitybid     


At #forkanddigit CSA today. Volunteers & trainee growers producing #local #organic fruit & veg for #Brighton residents.  Shared lunch in the sun.  Training new future growers #education #sustainability  #goldfoodcitybid 


19 November 2019On Sunday Brighton’s newest community composting scheme was launched at Stanmer Street in Hollingdean. It’s so exciting whenever a new scheme comes to fruition, a big well done to everyone who put in the hard work and support to get it up and running. A special thanks as well to volunteer compost champions Michelle and Isabel, as well as Tim from Tim’s Bins who designs and builds all the community compost bins. 30 more households in the city are now composting and diverting waste. Image result for facebook

composting site launch

Why is this important?

From obesity and diet-related ill-health, to food poverty and waste, climate change and biodiversity loss to social isolation, food is not only at the heart of some of our greatest problems but is also a vital part of the solution.

In 2018, the city of Brighton & Hove declared a climate emergency. What we eat, how we farm and fish, and the food we waste all play a key role in climate change. Around 30% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the food system, and a third of the food we produce goes to waste. By taking a whole-city approach, our actions can have a greater impact on averting the climate crisis and creating a fair and sustainable food system in which everyone can access food that’s good for people and the planet.

How you can take action

Individuals, schools, food businesses and organisations can all play their part and turn actions into gold.

Take action as an individual

Take action as a school

Take action as a food business

Take action as an organisation

Shout about what you’re doing

Share what actions you are taking on social media using #goldfoodcitybid to inspire others and show how much good work is happening in our city. Please remember to tag in @btnhovefood.

⇒ Use our Gold Food City Bid toolkit for individuals and toolkit for organisations to show you are supporting the bid.

If you’d like further information please contact us.

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