Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.01
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date May 9, 2024

STARS v2.2

California State University, Long Beach
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.95 / 6.00 Alfredo Macias
Director Residential Dining & Catering
Forty Niner Shops, Inc.
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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 Office of Sustainability worked closely with the university’s dining services provider, The Beach Shops, to obtain itemized purchasing reports from contracted food vendors from this period. Reports were obtained from two vendors. The reports included all food and beverage purchases for the campus dining halls, on-campus catering services, and Beach Shops-owned dining outlets. Using the STARS food and beverage purchasing guidelines, each report was then analyzed to identify which products qualified as either “plant-based” or “sustainably or ethically produced” products. All products that met either of these two criteria were compiled and categorized on the “STARS Food and Beverage Purchasing Inventory” template provided by AASHE. Total food and beverage expenditures in the reporting period were calculated by summing the total of each vendor purchasing report.

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 Yes Yes
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) Yes No
Convenience stores Yes No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes No

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:

The Beach Shops as an organization is committed to protecting the environment. This commitment is shared throughout their workforce and stems from a corporate-wide philosophy of incorporating environmentally conscious practices into daily operations. The Shops are committed to sourcing local, sustainable food and providing a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian food options for our campus community.

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:

Reporting Period: FY 2022-23 Data providers: Zachary Ford, US Foods Account Executive Delilah Barash, US Account Executive Data calculated by Nanci Torres Poblano, Sustainability Specialist

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