Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.78
Liaison Monika Kamboures
Submission Date April 10, 2014
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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
OP-T2-25: Local Businesses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Deborah Scheider
Project Coordinator
Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
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Does the institution give preference to local products and businesses in its purchasing decisions? Local food purchases, which are covered in OP Credit 6: Food Purchasing, are not included in this credit.:

A brief description of the program:

Farm Store
The Farm Store, operated through the College of Agriculture, supports a "learn by doing" environment through sponsored student enterprise projects. Using the latest technology on the Cal Poly Pomona fields, facilities, and in the greenhouses, students have the opportunity to learn everything about food production from start to finish. All of the products from student enterprise projects eventually end up for sale in the Farm Store. A large part of the proceeds go back to the students to support their educational expenses and activities. Depending on the product, food can also be sold to distributors and local markets.

Collins College Culinary Garden utilizes local produce.

Foundation Dining Services has a policy of purchasing seasonal, local produce and locally produced baked goods, we can obtain fresher and often healthier foods which supports the nearby economy and reduces the environmental impacts of transporting food.

These economic times require that we use our limited resources in the most effective and efficient ways possible. Governor has been advocating the importance of investing in California products and services, knowing that infusing money into our economy comes back in the form of better public resources. Our campus community must be of the same mindset. By investing in ourselves, we can continue to support any number of campus operations and programs. No other organization has a greater impact on the university than the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation. It is the single largest employer of our students. The Foundation perpetually invests in the areas that advance Cal Poly Pomona, including faculty housing, development, communications and infrastructure. We must ensure that these resources continue to be made available.

Presidential Order
Cal Poly Pomona faculty and staff will be required to use Foundation services (including the bookstore, food service, catering or campus lodging) for all state or foundation business. The Cal Poly Pomona Foundation will have the sole right to waive this agreement on a case-by-case basis, depending on the circumstances of the event. In addition, all Cal Poly Pomona faculty and staff will be required to use Graphic Communication Services (GCS) as an agent for all printing services and publications. GCS will be responsible for bidding out all projects so the university can receive the best possible quality and price point on print materials. Any deviation from these practices may result in the denial of reimbursement or funding.

The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:

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