Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.46
Liaison Fortino Morales
Submission Date April 21, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of California, Riverside
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.07 / 4.00 Gustavo Plascencia
Sustainability and Safety Manager
Dining
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
23.82

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:

23.82% of food purchases at the residential and retail restaurants operated by UC Riverside Dining Services met the AASHE STARS criteria for local and community -based or third party certified for FY 2014/15.


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)?:
Yes

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:
8.86

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:

8.86% of food purchases at the Scotty's convenience Stores and on-site franchises Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Subway met the AASHE STARS criteria for local and community-based or third party certified.


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

Over 20% of UCR Dining Services' food spend on food purchases went towards local and community-based or third party certified. Over 40% of the produce purchased was grown within 250 miles from campus. Our fresh bread is supplied by La Jolla Baking Co, Le Chef Bakery and Diana's tortillas, all located less than 100 miles from campus. All the coffee for our Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf franchise is roasted in Camarillo, California. All the coffee served in our remaining restaurants and cafes is USDA Organic, Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance Certified. We also serve many USDA Organic products in our restaurants and convenience stores.


A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory sustainable food and beverage purchases:

All our food purchases, with the exception of Subway, are tracked using the FoodPro menu-management system and UCR's eBuy purchasing system. We flag items in FoodPro using the University of California Policy on Sustainable Practices definitions for sustainable foods. Additionally, our produce vendors tracks our produce purchases for the STARS 250 mile radius.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
7,596,206 US/Canadian $

Which of the following food service providers are present on campus and included in the total food and beverage expenditure figures?:
Present? Included?
Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution Yes Yes
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes No
Franchises Yes Yes
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

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:

We calculate our sustainable food purchases using the University of California Policy on Sustainable Practices criteria for sustainable foods, which mirrors the Real Food Challenge definitions for sustainable foods.


The website URL where information about the institution's sustainable food and beverage purchasing efforts is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.