Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.89
Liaison Christa Rieck
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Houston
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.28 / 6.00 Gabriel Durham
Graduate assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:

An inventory of food and beverage purchases that qualify as sustainably/ethically produced:
A brief description of the methodology used to conduct the inventory, including the timeframe and how representative samples accounted for seasonal variation (if applicable):

Chartwells dining staff generated this inventory based on weekly restocking orders over the course of the fiscal year. Each stocking quantity was recorded along with the third party sustainable food standard of which it is a part. The annual totals generated the attached inventory as well as the supplemental percentage breakdowns under additional submissions.

Website URL where the institution’s validated Real/Good Food Calculator results are publicly posted:
Which of the following food service providers are present on campus and included in the inventory/assessment?:
Present? Included?
Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution No No
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Student-run food/catering services Yes No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) Yes Yes
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
$1 million - $4.9 million

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

Chartwells utilizes the Balanced U program and policies that addresses more responsible and sustainable purchases including: cage free eggs, hormone free milk and chicken, sustainable sourced seafood, Fair Trade, Rain forest Alliance, Shade Grown, Bird Friendly, and Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) sourced coffee. Additionally, locally sourced options are ordered when feasible.

Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

UH Dining has also earned a Green Restaurant Certification as additional assurance of their above average sustainable dining commitments: https://www.uh.edu/af-auxiliary-services/news/articles/2018/may/05112018greenrestaurant.php


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