Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.07
Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date May 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Cal Poly Humboldt
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 6.00 Ron Rudebock
HSU Dining Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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):
Dining Staff at Humboldt State University was unable to provide data showing which and to what extent food and beverage expenditures meet sustainable/ethical production standards, and which and to what extent food and beverage expenditures are plant based. For this reason, at the time of this report, we are unable to provide numeric data required for an acceptable inventory and we are accordingly not accruing points for this credit.

That said, we have provided the total dining purchases summary of the the 2018-2019 fiscal year, although it includes non-food and beverage purchases so the reader should take note of non-food vendors listed under Local Business/Services in the attached Vendor Summary .pdf. The Vendor Purchase summary also shows local vendors. To avoid any seasonal variations, we choose to include the entire year for this analysis.

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 Yes Yes
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

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:
At HSU, Dining Services makes a point to work with as many local vendors and service providers as possible, and we are proud that the entities we choose to purchase from share the same commitment to health and sustainability. We have prioritized buying from local vendors over other sustainable food criteria. We are equally careful in the products we choose to purchase from national vending partners, making every effort to expand our selection to companies that promote sustainable practices. We hope to be able to better catalog and record products that meet STARS criteria in future STARS reports, even though we do not have a method for collecting this information at this time.

A very rough, "back-of-the-envelope" estimate for percent of products that are plant based is included in the attachment for additional documentation for this submission, but methods for this estimation are not robust or defensible (one Dining Staff member completed an estimation in their head) and do not align to STARS criteria for this credit, so this figure has not been used for reporting numeric data for this credit.

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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