Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.46
Liaison Fortino Morales
Submission Date April 21, 2016
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University of California, Riverside
OP-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.16 / 3.00 Gustavo Plascencia
Sustainability and Safety Manager
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Percentage of total dining services food purchases comprised of conventionally produced animal products:

A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory expenditures on animal products:

Our accounts payable system uses different account numbers for various food categories, including Meats, Dairy, Produce, Prepackaged Foods, Staples and Beverages. Meats and Dairy account for 34% of all food purchases. 19% of meat and dairy purchases went to local and community-based or third party certified products.

Does the institution offer diverse, complete-protein vegan dining options at all meals in at least one dining facility on campus?:

Does the institution provide labels and/or signage that distinguishes between vegan, vegetarian (not vegan), and other items?:

Are the vegan options accessible to all members of the campus community?:

A brief description of the vegan dining program, including availability, sample menus, signage and any promotional activities (e.g. “Meatless Mondays”):

Soy protein options are available at every lunch and dinner in the Residential Restaurants. Some of the Retail Restaurants offer vegan alternatives to their menu items. 27% of all menu item by the number of portions served in the Residential Restaurants are vegan or vegetarian.

A brief description of other efforts the institution has made to reduce the impact of its animal-derived food purchases:

UCR Dining Services has implemented the Seeds of Change Healthy and Sustainable Food Initiative, which embraces all of the principles of the Menus of Change initiative of the Culinary Institute of America and the Harvard School of Public Health.
in FY 2014/15, 62% of seafood purchased was listed on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch’s Best Choices and Good Alternatives Guide.

The website URL where information about the vegan dining program is available:
Annual dining services expenditures on food:
7,597,206 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:
2,591,174 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:
495,399 US/Canadian $

Approximately 24% of our food budget is spent on sustainable food products, most of which are plant based products such as coffee, produce and baked goods. We do strive to divert spend on meat products towards sustainably produced meat when it is economically feasible.

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