Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.33
Liaison Sarah Tulga
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northwestern University
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.39 / 6.00 Sarah Tulga
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Facilities
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
3.96

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
38.46

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):

Northwestern Dining had student interns conduct audits on food purchasing invoices, using the Real Food Calculator template. This process was done for the months of October 2018, February 2019, and October 2019 as samples for the university’s Autumn and Winter spending.


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 Yes Yes
Student-run food/catering services Yes 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:
$1 million - $4.9 million

A brief description of the institution’s sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:

We have several wellness programs at Northwestern Dining, including our Plant Forward Challenge with over 300 student participants, and our monthly super food. We provide an inclusive dining experience by using exclusively Halal chicken and beef, offering two Kosher stations, offering a Pure Eats station, and dining hall that has menu items without the top 9 most common allergens and gluten. We also run a cultural series that highlights important events in various cultures and highlighting chefs from each culture.


Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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