Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.88
Liaison Patrick Cigana
Submission Date June 3, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Polytechnique Montreal
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.35 / 6.00 Shirley Fagnen
Sustainable Development Advisor
Sustainable Development Office
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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):

Polytechnique Montréal does not have a specific program in place. The contract with Aramark, the dining services contractor, specified that coffee and tea must be fair trade certified. Regarding organic or locally sourced products, there is no clear specification. Aramark themselves integrate certified food and choose fruit and vegetable distributors who try to integrate locally sourced products when possible.

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):

Data for fiscal year 2017-2018 was collected with the help of Aramark, who operates Polytechnique's food services. The Aramark team did data mining in their order management system, SYSCO. They also started to build a database with information regarding the different sustainability certifications that the products they purchase may have and the source of these products. As for the proportion of food purchases that are made through local distributors, without being centralised within the SYSCO system, data collection was carried out with these local distributors. They provided the financial data and the source of products sold for Polytechnique (for fruit and vegetables, the proportion of locally sourced products varies with the season, so the distributors provided a letter to confirm the amounts).

Only products with third party verification (fairtrade, organic, MSC, etc...) were taken into consideration. Even though some local distributors include information about the product being locally produced or not, it was assumed they were not "community based".

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 Yes No
Vending services Yes 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:

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