Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.70
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Sept. 22, 2014
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Colorado Boulder
OP-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Lauren Heising
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) seeks to enhance the sustainability experience of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors by providing food that is healthy for people and our planet.

We encourage social and environmental justice in purchasing through the humane treatment of all living things, safe and fair working conditions and agricultural practices, and stewardship of ecosystems while operating in an economically sound manner.

"CU-Boulder endeavors to support practices and vendors that actively seek strategies to reduce the overall amount of pesticides and carbon footprint, support Colorado economies, and stand alongside our peer institutions and private organizations in promoting a healthier, more sustainable agricultural system without significant financial impact on the university.

CU-Boulder encourages its suppliers to support these practices and to share CU-Boulder's values with others in order to have a global effect on sustainability."

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”):


- All dining centers and grab-n-go outlets offer vegan/vegetarian options
- Vegan/vegetarian dishes are clearly labeled in all dining establishments
- Multiple selections are offered daily to provide variety

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

Reducing Animal-derived purchases:
- Promoting Meatless Mondays
- Continuously increasing both quality and variety of vegan and vegetarian items
- Sustainable Food Week and Nutritional Events with info on vegan and vegetarian diets

The website URL where information about the vegan dining program is available:
Annual dining services expenditures on food:
8,419,169.18 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:
2,837,468.27 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:
1,337,127.16 US/Canadian $

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