Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.74
Liaison Karen Talentino
Submission Date May 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Saint Michael's College
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.43 / 6.00 Kristyn Achilich
Director and Instructor
Center for the Environment; Education
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
3.60

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
7

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):

Sodexo's Vermont First Coordinator tracks all Vermont-based/local and community-based purchases (local and community based is defined as Vermont plus 30 miles).

We have the list of Vermont-based vendors from the performance year (FY19), but do not have the detailed category breakdown for that year. We have provided the data for FY18 instead. Our dining administration has not been able to maintain detailed records of purchases for sustainable and ethically-produced items, but this is something that we will work on in the future.


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 Yes Yes
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 No
Convenience stores No No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes No

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:

Food purchases for our Sodexo-run cafeteria and retail dining areas are made under a few guidelines:
1) Sodexo's Vermont First Initiative
2) Fair Trade Campus Designation (first institution in Vermont); includes coffee, bananas
3) Vermont Fresh Network Member
4) Sustainable Seafood--We are committed to ensuring that 100% of fish and seafood sourced and promoted by Sodexo is sustainable, as certified my Marine Stewardship Council (MSC.org)

-Sodexo's Vermont First Initiative: In September 2014, Sodexo, a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations with a major presence in Vermont, announced a major initiative to help grow Vermont’s local food economy by committing to buy local food first via a comprehensive program.
Under the “Vermont First” program, Sodexo will work with farmers, distributors, processors, state government, non-profits and supply chain players within the farm to table economy to increase the amount of local food grown and sold in the state and beyond. Our Center Director serves as an advisory board member for the statewide initiative and reports their recent work in diversity, equity and inclusion as a multinational company. This work will likely inform our work with DEI moving forward. See https://vermontfirstsodexo.com/about/

- Fair Trade Campus Designation - http://fairtradecampaigns.org/campaign/st-michaels-college/

- We are a Vermont Fresh Network member


Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Due to staffing constraints we have been unable to track the specific vendors for our plant-based and sustainable food purchases. We were not aware that we needed to keep track using a new system. We maintain very careful procedures about where we purchase our local food, but are unable to document this at this time.

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