Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.47
Liaison Ian McKeown
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Loyola Marymount University
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.32 / 6.00 Lara Seng
Sustainability Director Campus Services
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures on products that are third party verified under one or more recognized food and beverage sustainability standards or Local & Community-Based:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on conventional animal products)? (If data is not available, respond “No”):

Percentage of total dining services food and beverage expenditures on conventional animal products (meat, poultry, fish/seafood, eggs, and dairy products that do NOT qualify in either the Third Party Verified or Local & Community-Based category):

A brief description of the sustainable food and beverage purchasing program, including how the sustainability impacts of products in specific categories are addressed (e.g. meat, poultry, fish/seafood, eggs, dairy, produce, tea/coffee):

Our chefs are well versed in the wide range of seasonal products available from local vendors in Southern California. Their menus and our ever-changing salad bar and salad stations reflect this seasonality. Our produce vendors are contractually required to source local foods whenever possible and we work closely with them to be sure we are ordering local ingredients whenever possible as well as organic produce.

As a Fair Trade College and University, we strive to offer a wide range of Fair-Trade certified products. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, our local roaster, did not offer a Fair Trade product. Through our partnership, they developed a Fair Trade University Roast specifically for LMU, which they now offer to other customers as well. In addition, we also serve Don Francisco Fair Trade Coffee as well as a wide variety of Starbuck's Estima Coffee and Italian Roast Fair Trade, Einstein Bros & Caribou Café carries Honest Tea and Rainforest Caribou Coffee and Fair Trade Einstein Coffee and other Fair Trade products. We also offer Fair-Trade certified Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Divine Chocolates.

Supporting the local community is important to the LMU community and the Jesuit mission. We purchase baked goods for several of our dining locations from Homeboy Bakery. Homeboy provides job training positions and free social services for formerly gang involved and previously incarcerated men and women.

We serve sustainable seafood at all dining locations and are proud of our MSC Certification.

An inventory of the institution’s sustainable food and beverage purchases that includes for each product: the description/type; label, brand or producer; and the category in which it is being counted and/or a description of its sustainability attribute(s):
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 methodology for tracking local sustainable purchases is as follows: 1. Gathering all available data from suppliers for time period (Oct 2016, Feb 2017). 2. Sorting data to eliminate non-food purchases 3. Sorting food purchases into STARS categories (animal-based, etc), 4. Determining which products are local/community based or certified using knowledge of the products purchased, item descriptions and information from suppliers. 5. Tabulating results. This was done using an excel spreadsheet and the Food and Beverage Inventory spreadsheet available on the AASHE STARS website.
As required for MSC Certification we also use the Marine Stewardship Sustainable Fishery Tracking (Chain of Custody), In and Out Matrix to track MSC purchases and sales and track inventory through Market Connection.

Percentage of total dining services expenditures on Real Food A (0-100):

Percentage of total dining services expenditures on Real Food B (0-100):

Which of the following food service providers are present on campus and included in the total food and beverage expenditure figures?:
Present? Included?
Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution No No
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Student-run food/catering services No No
Franchises (e.g. national or global brands) Yes No
Convenience stores Yes No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

A brief description of purchased food and beverage products that have other sustainability attributes not recognized above :

Additional percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures on conventional products with other sustainability attributes not recognized above (0-100) :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.