Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.78
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Portland State University
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.28 / 6.00 Amanda Wolf
Program + Assessment Coordinator
Campus Sustainability Office
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
4.91

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
32.70

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):

Data is from January 2020 - March 2020, representing the Winter Quarter.

We obtained a database of all food purchases from Chartwells (the PSU food contractor). We then went through and assessed every food as plant based and/or sustainably/ethically produced. Going forward, we are storing this in a database that can be used on future STARS iterations and potentially a Real/Good Food Calculator.

We reviewed some of the farms where food was sourced from, but do not currently have relationships with any that could qualify as institutionally-affirmed. We hope to build those relationships in the coming years.


Website URL where the institution’s validated Real/Good Food Calculator results are publicly posted:
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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 No No
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Student-run food/catering services No No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) Yes Yes
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

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:

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.

-Some of our produce is purchased from a local vendor, from local farms
-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


Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Information provided by Chartwells, PSU Eats

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