Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.66
Liaison Christina Erickson
Submission Date Aug. 15, 2022

STARS v2.2

Champlain College
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.24 / 6.00 Jon Barzensky
General Manager
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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):

Using a three month sample (July, October, February), with invoices collected from our dining provider (Sodexo), Champlain's Director for Service & Sustainability Learning and student employees use the Real Food Challenge calculator to assess purchases and as well as plant-based foods.


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 No No
Student-run food/catering services No No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) No No
Convenience stores No No
Vending services No No
Concessions No No

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
Less than $500,000

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

Food purchases for our Sodexo-run cafeteria and retail dining areas are made under a couple of guidelines:

1) Sodexo's Vermont First Initiative: In September 2014, Sodexo, a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations with a major presence in Vermont, announced a major initiative to help grow Vermont’s local food economy by committing to buy local food first via a comprehensive program.
Under the “Vermont First” program, Sodexo will work with farmers, distributors, processors, state government, non-profits and supply chain players within the farm to table economy to increase the amount of local food grown and sold in the state and beyond. See https://vermontfirst.sodexomyway.com/about

2) Fair Trade Campus Designation - http://fairtradecampaigns.org/campaign/champlain-college/

Additionally, the Center for Service & Sustainability uses the Real Food Calculator to analyze three months of purchases each year (July, October, February).

The attached inventory has itemized sample months linked from the yearly tabs, utilizing the RFC research guidelines.

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

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