Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.89
Liaison Ann Drevno
Submission Date Jan. 25, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Saint Mary's College of California
OP-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Matt Carroll
General Manager, Sodexo
Food Services
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Percentage of total dining services food purchases comprised of conventionally produced animal products:
37.30

A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory expenditures on animal products:

SMC's vendor, Sodexo, tracks/inventory's all expenditures on all food purchases through their "Market Connection" tracking tool.


Does the institution offer diverse, complete-protein vegan dining options at all meals in at least one dining facility on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution provide labels and/or signage that distinguishes between vegan, vegetarian (not vegan), and other items?:
Yes

Are the vegan options accessible to all members of the campus community?:
Yes

A brief description of the vegan dining program, including availability, sample menus, signage and any promotional activities (e.g. “Meatless Mondays”):

Saint Mary’s College food service presented by Sodexo uses Food Management System which has over 1,000 vegan recipes; vegan items are on the menu everyday every meal at each format. Our “Mindful” program uses vegan side dishes exclusively; we do “Meatless Mondays”. We feature vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and allergen free options at lunch and dinner at our format “Legacy Garden”; we also feature local products, vendors and organic products from our on campus garden.

We use video monitors, counter signs, product icons, table tents, social media to promote our daily menus, including vegan items.


A brief description of other efforts the institution has made to reduce the impact of its animal-derived food purchases:

Sodexo Inc., the food service provider for SMC, is the leading provider of Quality of Life Services in North America. As of July 2014, all of the 39 million shelled eggs it purchases each year will be sourced from cage-free hens. This decision is applauded by The Humane Society of the US, which says the shift will improve the welfare of nearly 15,000 hens annually. Sodexo has also removed the gestation stalls from its pork supply chain.


The website URL where information about the vegan dining program is available:
Annual dining services expenditures on food:
2,560,471 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:
955,055.68 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:
125,463.08 US/Canadian $

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