Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Shane Stennes
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
0.43 / 4.00 Alyssa Lundberg
Sustainability Coordinator
University Dining Services
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
10.70

A copy of an inventory, list or sample of sustainable food and beverage purchases:
An inventory, list or sample of sustainable food and beverage purchases:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (food and beverage expenditures for on-site franchises, convenience stores, vending services, or concessions)?:
No

Percentage of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending services, and concessions food and beverage purchases that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
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A copy of an inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:
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An inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:
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A brief description of the sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:

University Dining Services sources local food from the University of Minnesota student organic farm, Andrew Boss Meat and Cheese Lab, Bee Lab and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Additional local foods are purchased from our food distributors BIX and Sysco who provide a local hot sheet weekly. In addition to local, our dining services seeks to purchase 100% sustainable seafood utilizing the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Guide. Our coffee and tea program on campus utilizes Fair Trade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance products for the majority of our coffee and tea purchases.


A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory sustainable food and beverage purchases:

Foods purchased from the University our tracked manually by both weight and dollar amount of sales annually. Our distributors as well as coffee vendors provide us with a purchasing report annually with both overall weight and total sales.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
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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 Yes Yes
Franchises Yes No
Convenience stores Yes No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes No

Has the institution achieved the following?:
Yes or No
Fair Trade Campus, College or University status No
Certification under the Green Seal Standard for Restaurants and Food Services (GS-46) No
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification No
Signatory of the Real Food Campus Commitment (U.S.) No

A brief description of other sustainable restaurant and food service standards that the institution’s dining services operations are certified under:

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Restaurant, operated by University Dining Services, is a Certified Green Restaurant.


The website URL where information about the institution's sustainable food and beverage purchasing efforts is available:

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