Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 87.10
Liaison Alex Davis
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Arizona State University
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.90 / 6.00 Alex Davis
Program Manager
University Sustainability Practices
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
12.99

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
37.38

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):

Aramark’s Food Service vendors are requested to send reports listing all items purchased for the time period analyzed (May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019). Aramark analyzes the reports to identify any items purchased that can be classified as sustainable according to AASHE STARS 2.2 guidelines. These items are then aggregated and taken as a percentage of total purchases to reach results in compliance with AASHE STARS 2.2.


Website URL where the institution’s validated Real/Good Food Calculator results are publicly posted:
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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 No No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) Yes 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:

Multiple efforts by Aramark at Arizona State University include, but are not limited to:
Since August 2014, exclusively offering cage-free liquid and shell eggs in Catering and Residential dining, as well as third-party-certified Seattle's Best Coffee.
Since 2016, all contracted canned skipjack and albacore tuna is sustainably sourced from Marine Stewardship Council-certified fisheries.
The Decidedly Green Catering menu rotates every fall and spring to maximize the local purchasing potential of the menu items and sustainable food items.
In 2019 Aramark began working with Beyond Meat to provide a plant-based alternative to meat. It is used to make dishes including burgers, sausages, spaghetti, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, and more.


Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Krista Hicks O’Brien, Aramark

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