Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.76
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2014
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University of Alberta
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.72 / 6.00 Dolores March
General Manager
Hospitality Services, Ancillary Services
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Percentage of food expenditures that meet one or more of the criteria for this credit (0 - 100):

A brief description of the sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:


ARAMARK is the primary food service provider at the University of Alberta’s North Campus. They work to reduce their environmental footprint while delivering exceptional dining services and working to provide expertise and practical solutions to help reduce the campus’ environmental impacts.

Every day ARAMARK considers and addresses issues that matter most to their clients, customers, employees and communities. ARAMARK focuses its energies on initiatives that support their diverse workforce; enhance and protect our environment; strengthen our communities; and advance consumer health and wellness. ARAMARK seeks to lead by example and continuously improve in those areas of their business that are under their direct control. At the same time, they work closely with their clients and suppliers to develop innovative product and service options that help them meet their corporate social responsibility objectives.

Throughout their dining services ARAMARK is committed to providing foods that are produced and procured in an ecologically and socially responsible manner, and to that end are partnering with many different growers, suppliers and distributors to increase the availability of such foods.

Some of the key points of their purchasing policy include:

- Partnering with Albertan and Canadian growers and distributors
- Promoting local with “locally grown” identifiers and seasonal menu features
- Buying local dairy products and eggs (provincial suppliers)
- Partnering with SeaChoice Canada; converting key seafood purchases to ocean friendly ecologically sustainable alternatives as per Canada’s Seafood Guide*
- Purchasing only Organic Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee*

*Purchasing amounts were not available at the time of submission; dollar values used in the calculation of this credit include local purchases only.

For more information, please visit:

Augustana purchases local food that is processed and distributed within a 100km radius of the campus.

For Augustana Campus’ Sustainable Food Policy, please visit:

The Website URL where information about the institution's sustainable food and beverage purchasing efforts is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Additional Responsible Party Information:

Augustana Campus
Name: Lilas Bielopotocky
Department: Augustana University of Alberta Food Services
Position: Supervisor of Food Services

Additional Responsible Party Information:

Augustana Campus
Name: Lilas Bielopotocky
Department: Augustana University of Alberta Food Services
Position: Supervisor of Food Services

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