Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.95
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date June 30, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Portland State University
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.91 / 4.00 Theodore McClain
Food Service Director
PSU Dining
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
22.80

A copy of an inventory, list or sample of sustainable food and beverage purchases:
An inventory, list or sample of sustainable food and beverage purchases:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (food and beverage expenditures for on-site franchises, convenience stores, vending services, or concessions)?:
No

Percentage of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending services, and concessions food and beverage purchases that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
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A copy of an inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:
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An inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:
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A brief description of the sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:

PSU Campus Sustainability Office and Aramark Food Service have worked to create contractual goals for increasing local and organic food purchasing. Additional criteria such as Fair Trade, Marine Stewardship, and Food Alliance certifications are also favored in food purchasing.

-The majority of the produce is sourced from a local distributor, and enhanced tracking of local farm vendors is being implemented.
-All the milk and most other dairy products come from Sunshine Dairy, which is local to Portland
-All breads served are processed with 250 miles
-All seafood is procured in accordance with Monterrey Bay Aquarium's "Seafood Watch" guide.
-Portland Roasting coffee is a local company, and supplies the majority of coffee served on campus. Stumptown and Starbucks have 1 bean that is certified organic it is about 3 % of the invoices that we pay in coffee is organic certified.


A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory sustainable food and beverage purchases:

Invoices are reviewed for food's origin location, organic or other third-party certifications. Additionally, documents from food vendors are obtained to assess where a food product was produced. Produce invoices are now including the state where it was grown. All of this information is compiled into a detailed food tracking spreadsheet that was designed by the Dining Service provider and Sustainability office, with STARS reporting in mind.

Vendors/producers were researched as to whether they are independently or cooperatively owned (not publicly traded), whether the headquarters is located locally, along with foods being grown/produced locally.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
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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
Franchises Yes Yes
Convenience stores Yes No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes No

Has the institution achieved the following?:
Yes or No
Fair Trade Campus, College or University status No
Certification under the Green Seal Standard for Restaurants and Food Services (GS-46) No
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification No
Signatory of the Real Food Campus Commitment (U.S.) No

A brief description of other sustainable restaurant and food service standards that the institution’s dining services operations are certified under:
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The website URL where information about the institution's sustainable food and beverage purchasing efforts is available:

Information provided by PSU Dining Services, Aramark.

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