Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.89
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Montana
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
1.61 / 6.00 Eva Rocke
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
13.58

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
26.36

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):

Sample includes 2 very different months to account for the seasonal variability of our purchasing. The months used as representative sample are September 2019 and March 2020. UM Dining staff and student interns pulled purchasing records from CBORD, the food management system we use at UM. We selected those months to reflect a Montana local food-producing season and a non-food producing season. All purchasing records for those two months were pulled from CBORD and all food/beverage purchases that qualified for the plant-based and ethically/sustainably produced labels were hand selected and plugged into the STARS template.


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 Yes Yes
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 No
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:

UM Dining maintains two distinct purchasing programs:

1) UDS Farm to College (FTC) purchasing criteria includes food products that meet one or more of the following criteria:
a. Raised, grown, or wild harvested in Montana or unique to the state
b. Processed or manufactured by a Montana-owned business
c. Processed or manufactured by any business that primarily uses raw materials from Montana.

2) University Dining Services Sustainable (UDSS) purchasing criteria includes food products that meet one or more of the following criteria:
a. Regional – food produced in Montana’s neighboring states, Washington, and Oregon
b. Healthy – food that is part of a nutritious and balanced diet and is produced without the use of synthetic pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or other chemical compounds.
c. Fair – food that is fairly or cooperatively traded between producers, processors, retailers, and consumers, and without exploitation of employees.
d. Ecological sound – food that is produced in a way that mitigates environmental harm
e. Humane – food that has high animal welfare standards throughout the production process.


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

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