Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.33
Liaison Lisa Kilgore
Submission Date March 1, 2024

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 6.00 Anna Ben-Shlomo
Sustainability Coordinator
Cornell University Dining
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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):
We have a food database that all of our orders and receipts are entered into. In this system each item that we buy it set up and flagged with unique identifiers such as local/regional. At any given time we can generate a report that will identify how much of a flagged item we have received for any time period.

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

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
$10 million or more

A brief description of the institution’s sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:
Cornell Orchards and Performance Food Group provide all of our fresh potatoes, winter squash and corn in season and extended into January; We purchase local and regional fresh produce whenever possible; 90% of dairy purchases are local (Cornell and other local producers) and Cornell and NY State apples when possible; we prefer to purchase Marine Stewardship Council certified fish for our residential dining units whenever possible. The local producing company, Ithaca Bakery, which provides baked goods including bagels, breads, cakes, and cookies is local and community based, satisfying the three criteria (ownership, size, and distance) according to a representative from the bakery.

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:

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