Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.61
Liaison Alan Brew
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Northland College
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.44 / 6.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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):

Northland College, in partnership with its food service provider Chartwells, purchases local and community-based foods from the Chequamegon Food Coop and over thirty local farmers and cooperatives to meet the College's food needs. Northland College is committed to achieving 80% of its food from local and community-based sources by 2020. Toward this effort, Chartwells agrees to demonstrate constant, demonstrable progress toward procuring selected food items with the following characteristics: non-national chain or name brand, 100% natural, no artificial sweeteners, low calorie, no preservatives, low sodium, non-GMO, locally and community-based, organically grown, low/no trans fats, no use of synthetic fertilizers/pesticides, made without gluten ingredients, low/no cholesterol, certified Kosher, minimal packaging, recyclable packaging, and vegan.

For all items not available locally and community-based, Chartwells will source items with the following in mind: Cage Free Eggs, Fair Trade Certified rBGH Free Yogurt & Milk, Reduced/zero Antibiotic Chicken And Turkey, Socially and Ecologically Certified Coffee, Seafood from sustainable sources.

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):

Chartwells Food Service staff maintain detailed records of all food purchases on a regular and ongoing basis. To account for seasonal variation, Chartwells inventoried all items purchased during January and October 2017 to give a representative sample of what is purchased during a school year. In October, Chartwells is still buying some local products; after the fresh products run out, Chartwells turns to the College's Food Processing Facility to continue to purchase local produce.

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

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:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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