Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.31
Liaison Natalie Walker
Submission Date Aug. 9, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pennsylvania
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.63 / 6.00 Natalie Walker
Sustainability Manager
Penn Sustainability
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
61.94

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
30.51

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):

We used our weekly financial reports, daily purchase planners/budgets that are completed by each chef in each operation, as well as historical data from our purchasing web software.


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 Yes 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:

Bon Appetit has a commitment to local sourcing, strives to serve only seafood that meets seafood watch sustainability guidelines, reducing antibiotic use in farm animals, switching to rBGH-free milk, sourcing eggs from cage-free hens, tracking food's role in climate change, upholding farmworker rights, humanely raised beef, and pork raised without gestation crates.


Website URL where information about the food and beverage purchasing program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The University of Pennsylvania is a major research institution, with over 3,000 degrees granted annually from twelve professional and academic schools at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate levels. Penn is committed to reducing emissions and energy use, as stated in the 2019 "Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0." This submission documents Penn's efforts during the FY20 year and compares them to the FY09 baseline year which corresponds with the University's "Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0." The submission relies on information related to the main, academic, West Philadelphia campus, but to more fully document efforts across the Penn system, information related to the Morris Arboretum and New Bolton Center has also been referenced and noted as outside the boundary in descriptions. The information is used to enrich examples of University efforts and is not intended to be the primary justification for credits. The responses for each of the questions and sub-questions are drawn from University materials, both internal and public documents. Each section notes the website where the information can be found.

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