Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.19
Liaison Emma Blandford
Submission Date March 2, 2021

STARS v2.2

Georgia Institute of Technology
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.38 / 6.00 Anne Rogers
Sustainability Program & Portfolio Manager
Office of Campus Sustainability
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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 assessment provided includes data from our primary distributors (Sysco/Freshpoint) as well as our local food hub, The Common Market SE. Data included in this report reflects all purchasing for residential dining halls in the month of October, and is the best “snapshot” of current purchasing processes. In our region, October is a "transition" month, and encompasses the end of the stretched summer growing season as well as the beginning of winter crops, accounting for seasonal product variability and availability. Reporting on October 2019 provides a snapshot of realistic spending during regular service months.

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 ---
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Student-run food/catering services 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:
$5 million - $9.9 million

A brief description of the institution’s sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:
Our Chef's work closely with our RD and Sustainability Coordinator to identify and procure sustainable, 3rd party certified, and plant-based ingredients to offer campus wide. These items are incorporated across campus and throughout Dining functions including: dining hall menus, catered offerings, engagement tabling, White and Gold events, community market sampling, and more. In our first year of service (Aramark assumed the GT account in July of 2019), we integrated purchasing policies into daily operations, and continue to regularly review, assess and adapt our sourcing model to maximize our sustainable food and beverage spend wherever possible.

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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