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Liaison Carrie Metzgar
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Lisa Joy
Interim Director of Dining
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures on products that are third party verified under one or more recognized food and beverage sustainability standards or Local & Community-Based:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (expenditures on conventional animal products)? (If data is not available, respond “No”):

Percentage of total dining services food and beverage expenditures on conventional animal products (meat, poultry, fish/seafood, eggs, and dairy products that do NOT qualify in either the Third Party Verified or Local & Community-Based category):

A brief description of the sustainable food and beverage purchasing program, including how the sustainability impacts of products in specific categories are addressed (e.g. meat, poultry, fish/seafood, eggs, dairy, produce, tea/coffee):

** NOTE: We are still working on our STARS Food and Beverage inventory. It will be complete by March 30, 2018. The draft uploaded now to meet the 2018 Princeton Review deadline WILL be updated in 3 weeks. **

UC San Diego has already met the UC-wide policy goal of procuring 20% sustainable food by the year 2020.

UC San Diego Housing, Dining and Hospitality is committed to sustainability, including in the food it prepares and serves. All of UC San Diego’s dining locations offer Fair Trade, organic, local (under 500 miles), vegetarian, gluten-free, soy-free, Kosher, vegan, nut allergy-free, antibiotic-free, transfat free, and dairy-free options. All eggs purchased on campus are cage free. HDH also has meatless and beefless days, hormone-free milk and yogurt, and organic salad bars. HDH also employs a diverse array of health and wellness initiatives, including allergen disclosure, branding of healthy items, cooking classes, nutrition education programs, nutrition and wellness language in RFP's and contractors with vendors, a registered dietician on staff, and wholegrain options.

University Centers, which houses a number of local, regional and national franchises, is also committed to sustainability. Among its initiatives are an annual Sustainable Food Exposition where departments, organizations, groups, and individuals learn about and celebrate sustainable food systems, and a goal to assist its vendors in getting Green Restaurant Certification. Santorini Restaurant received Green Restaurant Certification in 2016.

An inventory of the institution’s sustainable food and beverage purchases that includes for each product: the description/type; label, brand or producer; and the category in which it is being counted and/or a description of its sustainability attribute(s):
A brief description of the methodology used to conduct the inventory, including the timeframe and how representative samples accounted for seasonal variation (if applicable):

Data Housing/Dining/Hospitality (HDH) estimates were gathered by HDH staff through their inventory system (a new system will be implemented in 2018/2019 that will more easily flag third-party certifications and categories like local and community-based), UPC databases, and vendor websites. Estimates exclude retail food vendors and franchises in University Centers, Recreation, Bookstore, the Health System, and vending machines. Data are for FY17 (July 2, 2016 - June 30, 2016).

Percentage of total dining services expenditures on Real Food A (0-100):

Percentage of total dining services expenditures on Real Food B (0-100):

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 No No
Student-run food/catering services No No
Franchises (e.g. national or global brands) Yes No
Convenience stores Yes No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes No

A brief description of purchased food and beverage products that have other sustainability attributes not recognized above :

HDH restaurants and markets are REAL Food Certified.

Additional percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures on conventional products with other sustainability attributes not recognized above (0-100) :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.