Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.79
Liaison Brad Haydel
Submission Date June 20, 2022

STARS v2.2

California State University, Los Angeles
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.73 / 6.00 Carlo Arceo
Food Service Director
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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 majority of purchasing is through small businesses owned in LA County. Items like eggs, poultry come directly from these small businesses. All paper and disposable items purchased are biodegradable. Such items include lunch box BioPack #4 and the green bioplates sold locally at Restaurant Depot.

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 No No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) Yes No
Convenience stores Yes No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions No 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:

Local vendors from LA County make up majority of food purchased on campus. All beverages are purchased through contractual obligation with Pepsi Co.

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

Currently CSULA campus dining services use the following services to enhance sustainability and reduce water and power usage.
Ozone treatment in main kitchen to reduce water usage and energy for hot water. In addition less sanitizing chemicals need to be purchased.
Purchase over 50% of Cost of Goods Sold through local small businesses. Produce is procured through minority owned small business out of downtown LA. More than half of all produce is verified grown locally. All bread and pastries are made in downtown LA.
Recycle all Kitchen Oil through Biotane Pumping.

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