Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.06
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date June 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Connecticut College
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
1.30 / 6.00 Margaret Bounds
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
2.65

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
37.93

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):

Food purchases were tracked for the full fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020). Dining Services chose to do an item by item inventory of plant-based foods while Events and Catering grouped their items by category. Which items were reported by which department is noted in the inventory. Where the departments had questions about whether an item met the criteria, the Office of Sustainability provided research support.

The total purchases of this fiscal year were lower than average due to the campus closure in mid-March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we believe that the percentages are representative of our typical purchasing.


Website URL where the institution’s validated Real/Good Food Calculator results are publicly posted:
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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 Yes No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) No No
Convenience stores No 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:

Dining Services takes sustainability attributes, as described in a "sustainable food parameters" guiding document, as well as cost, into account when purchasing food. The milk and shelled eggs served in the dining halls are from local, community based suppliers. The Student Government Association passed a resolution mandating that all bananas served in the dining halls be Fair Trade. All tea and coffee served is Rainforest Alliance and/or Fair Trade certified. All meals served have vegan and vegetarian options available.


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