Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.19
Liaison Ryan Todd
Submission Date April 30, 2024

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.22 / 6.00 Austin Johnson
Sustainability Director
Aramark Collegiate Hospitality
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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):
Timeframe: August 1, 2022 – July 31, 2023 Aramark’s Sustainability Director for the West Region used MaetaData’s Open Fields Program to identify all purchases that qualified as Sustainable or Ethically Sourced (based on third party verification) and/or Plant-Based. A Food and Beverage Purchasing Inventory was generated using these qualifying purchases, while the original reports were analyzed to identify any sustainable or plant-based purchases that were missed in the Open Fields report. These purchases were compared to the overall food and beverage spend for all dining locations to determine the percentages for third party verified and plant-based spend.

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 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:
$1 million - $4.9 million

A brief description of the institution’s sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:
Aramark/Hornet Hospitality aims to purchase local, seasonal, and responsibly raised, grown and sourced products whenever possible, which has a direct impact on people, animals, the environment, and the local community. Aramark’s global commitment to animal welfare and sustainable seafood throughout the supply chain is shifting the marketplace on products featured regularly at Sacramento State, like Cage Free eggs, American Humane certified poultry, Fair Trade certified team and coffee, and sustainably certified seafood. Plant-based alternatives to meat are also prioritized, with new vegan and vegetarian options offered on a regular basis in Residential, Retail, and Catering operations.

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:
https://www.aramark.com/environmental-social-governance https://www.aramark.com/environmental-social-governance/climate-impact/source-sustainably

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