|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||Jan. 28, 2016|
Sterling College (VT)
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing
|4.00 / 4.00||
Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
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:
An inventory and list can be made available from the Real Food Challenge website.
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)?:
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:
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:
An inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:
We have NO on-site franchises, convenience stores, vending machines, or other food & beverage purchase outside of our dining hall. All of our on-campus food comes from the Sterling Kitchen. They feed the community 3 times a day, 7 days a week, and is always open for beverages and snacks that are covered in the inventory above.
A brief description of the sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:
Sterling College has the most progressive food service of any college in the country. We grow a significant percentage of our own food, and source as much local food as possible. We do not use a food-service company. Instead, our chefs work alongside students to cook healthy, creative, and delicious meals. Our kitchen staff works hard to uphold the kitchen’s Mission Statement:
“The mission of Sterling’s Food Service is to manage the food system as an integral part of our educational programs by demonstrating a living-what-we-teach philosophy.”
Our kitchen best demonstrates this philosophy through composting, conserving energy and resources, eating seasonally, preparing our food from scratch, and recycling.
A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory sustainable food and beverage purchases:
Sterling College participates in the "Real Food Challenge". Here is a description:
The Real Food Challenge leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system.
Our primary campaign is to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources—what we call “real food”—by 2020.
The Real Food Challenge also maintains a national network of student food activists—providing opportunities for networking, learning, and leadership development for thousands of emerging leaders.
Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
Which of the following food service providers are present on campus and included in the total food and beverage expenditure figures?:
|Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution||Yes||Yes|
|Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor||No||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.)||Yes|
A brief description of other sustainable restaurant and food service standards that the institution’s dining services operations are certified under:
Sterling College is not currently certified under any of the above; however, Sterling College was a participant in the Real Food Challenge where they placed first in the nation in real food. Fair trade campus status is being researched for the college currently. We are also a member of Vermont Fresh Network, www.vermontfresh.net
The website URL where information about the institution's sustainable food and beverage purchasing efforts is available:
Sterling College participated in the Real Food Challenge, which has a partnership with AASHE. Sterling was ranked has the #1 higher education institute in the country for local, sustainable, fair trade, and humane, reaching 75% of it's food from these sources. In comparison, the next highest ranking institution reached only 56% real food. Included below is the article from the Sterling College website.
We have no vending machines, convenience stores, or franchises on campus. We grow 20% of our own food.