Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.75
Liaison Victor Udo
Submission Date Nov. 18, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bucknell University
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.82 / 6.00 Lori Wilson
Exec Director Purchasing
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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):

Data provided by Parkhurst and reviewed by Dining Services.

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 ---
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Student-run food/catering services No ---
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) No ---
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
$1 million - $4.9 million

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

Bucknell dining utilizes Parkhurst's Director of Sourcing as well as our on-site management team to identify and approve sources of locally grown or manufactured food product.  We apply our "purchasing philosophy" guidelines and "Gold Standards" to sourcing the maximum amount of local produce while in season, soon to be augmented by produce from the campus farm.  As far as animal protein is concerned, we utilize suppliers that are as local as possible with only therapeutic antibiotic use and meeting humane treatment guidelines.  We also follow Monterrey Bay Seafood Watch or MSC guidance on seafood purchases.
For accounting purposes, only items that are USDA Organic, non-GMO, Rainforest Alliance, and Humane Certified are included.  Items that are non-GMO are only included if they are also USDA Organic/non-GMO items.

Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Based on Bucknell's internal definition, 28% of the products should be considered third party verified or local and community based. Unfortunately, STARS only allows a specific list of third party verification to be included. Consequently, only USDA Organic, non-GMO/USDA Organic, Rainforest Alliance, and Humane Certified are counted for this report. Also, for local and community based items, they require that the location, ownership structure and size of the company be provided for every single item on the inventory. This is unduly onerous requirement and was not pursued.

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