Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.79
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

American University
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.45 / 6.00 Courtney Stoner
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:

An inventory of food and beverage purchases that qualify as sustainably/ethically produced:
A brief description of the methodology used to conduct the inventory, including the timeframe and how representative samples accounted for seasonal variation (if applicable):

The report is for the time period of 1/1/18-11/1/18. At the time of submission for this report, AU has switched dining contractors and this is the most recently available reporting we have access to. Report was created using 'Farm Logix' platform.

From the report, the items with third party verified attributes were counted as a part of the sustainably or ethically produced percentage.

Website URL where the institution’s validated Real/Good Food Calculator results are publicly posted:

Which of the following food service providers are present on campus and included in the inventory/assessment?:
Present? Included?
Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution No No
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Student-run food/catering services Yes No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) No No
Convenience stores Yes No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes No

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
$10 million or more

A brief description of the institution’s sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:

AU Dining is committed to:
• Implementing Energy and Water Conservation practices
• Purchase only compostable disposable Products
• Use only Daily Green Cleaning Products
• Divert 100% of Fryer Oil Waste
• Increasing Sustainable Food purchases each year

AU Dining Services has made responsible purchasing of locally-grown and third-party certified foods a high priority. Current goals include working to ensure that as much local, seasonal produce as possible is captured. AU Dining Services serves exclusively Humane Certified cage-free eggs, and all the coffee served in residential dining rooms, catering and convenience stores is organic and fair trade.

• We’ve taken important steps to make sure our purchases are made in a responsible and ethical way, including:
• Providing a wide spectrum of responsibly sourced food products, such as sustainably sourced seafood, humanely raised proteins and fair-trade, certified coffee.
• Adopting animal welfare principles and purchasing commitments that address a broad spectrum of issues impacting the treatment of animals for egg, pork, veal, beef, poultry and dairy products served across our operations.
• Offering clients and customers fresh, safe, whole foods that are raised, grown, and harvested in a sustainable manner, whenever possible.
• Sourcing products locally, supporting local farmers and fisheries while reducing transportation fuel and emissions
• Using environmentally preferable products, like reusable or compostable to-go containers.

Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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