Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.47
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Portland State University
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.52 / 6.00 Amanda Wolf
Program + Assessment Coordinator
Campus Sustainability 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):

PSU Campus Sustainability Office and Chartwells (aka PSU Eats) 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
-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
-PSU eats partners with local business (such as Salt & Straw, Marsee Bakery, Alexis Food)
-PSU eats cafeteria also features local business, such as ChaChaCha and Bowery Bagels

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 (aka PSU Eats) started on campus July 1, 2017. The data used for this report are a high level role up of total invoice cost by vendor form July 1, 2017 - March, 28, 2018.

Since Chartwells is new, PSU is continuing to work with them on a process to review individual invoices. We know that there are more third party certified foods that are currently being purchased, but we were not able to get detailed invoice reports to capture that.

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.

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) Yes Yes
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes 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:

Information provided by Chartwells, PSU Eats

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.