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Overall Score 85.39
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Berkeley
IN-8: Dining Services Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Samantha Lubow
Environment Initiatives Coordinator
Cal Dining
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Is at least one on-campus dining hall or food service outlet certified by one or more of the following organizations?:
Yes or No
Food for Life (Food for Life Served Here award) No
The Food Recovery Network (Food Recovery Verified) No
The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) (Two Star or higher) No
Green Seal (GS-55 Standard for Restaurants and Food Services) No
Leaders for Environmentally Accountable Foodservice (LEAF) No
Nordic Swan No
Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership (REAL) No
Sustainable Restaurant Association (Food Made Good, Two Stars or higher) No
An equivalent third party certification approved by AASHE Yes

Approximately what proportion of on-site food service outlets (by location or sales) are third party certified?:
50 percent or more

A list or brief description of each certified dining hall or food service outlet, including the certification earned:

UC Berkeley uses equivalent programs to most of the certifications listed above. The following is an explanation for how UC Berkeley settled on the alternatives to the certification programs:

​UC Berkeley is able to recover significantly more food through Replate than it can through the Food Recovery Network. Replate is not currently operating nationally.

The ​Alameda County Green Business Certification offers a similar program to GRA at no cost. The University of California Office of the President had decided Alameda County's program could be considered equivalent to GRA​ so we do not pursue GRA. ​Alameda County's program also covers green cleaning products as Green Seal does.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable dining certification program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The data from this field come from Samantha Lubow, Sustainability Coordinator at Cal Dining.

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