Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.32
Liaison Andy Mitchell
Submission Date July 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Illinois Chicago
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.04 / 6.00 Cynthia Klein-Banai
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
5.12

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
24.51

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):
Foodbuy is the purchasing arm of Compass, they handle QA, as well as sourcing, tracking, and monitoring vendors. We are set up to do the majority of our purchasing through Foodbuy for tracking/inventory purposes. Additionally, in-house we record all of our monthly invoices, using separate data files to isolate invoices from local and other sustainable sources in an effort to ensure we are correctly reporting our sustainable food and beverage purchasing.

Website URL where the institution’s validated Real/Good Food Calculator results are publicly posted:
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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 No No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) Yes No
Convenience stores Yes No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes No

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:
UIC is aware of the impact our food and beverage purchasing program has on the communities in which we do business and on the environment. We are proud of our collective efforts to make this world a better place. This program strives and continue to be sustainable by serving seafood that comes from sustainable sources, featuring socially and ecologically certified coffee, providign fresh yogurt and milk that is free of artificial growth hormones, promoting certified humane cage-free eggs, purchasing poultry produced without the routine use of human antibiotics, and buying local products to support family farming.

Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
MOSA Certificate is from Mid West Produce.

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