Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.71
Liaison Ian McKeown
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Loyola Marymount University
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.38 / 6.00 Lara Seng
Sustainability Director Campus Services
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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 methodology for tracking local sustainable purchases is as follows: 1. Gathering all available data from suppliers for time period. 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.

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 No
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Student-run food/catering services No No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) Yes No
Convenience stores Yes No
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:
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. 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. LMU became a certified Fair Trade University by Fair Trade Campaigns in February 2014. Fair Trade Campaigns recognizes universities in the US for embedding Fair Trade practices and principles into policy, as well as the social and intellectual foundations of their communities. Fair Trade products are available in all campus-owned and operated venues. In addition, fair trade items are also included at catering events. 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.

Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
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