Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.22
Liaison Jay Price
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.32 / 6.00 Daniel Covington
Data Analyst and Office Administrator
Facilities Services
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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):

The report comes directly from Aramark, UT's contracted food service provider. Sustainably procured materials consist of locally and ethically sourced or certified products. Plant-based materials consists of all items tagged as plant-based and raw ingredients from plants.

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 No No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) No No
Convenience stores No No
Vending services No No
Concessions No No

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
$5 million - $9.9 million

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

At this time, UT does not have a sustainable food and beverage purchasing program. Aramark is the food service supplier for the University of Tennessee. Many purchases are made from publicly traded and geographically dispersed producers. However, some purchases are considered local, as they are sourced within a 250 miles radius of Sysco Knoxville. Current Vol Dining sustainability initiatives focus on local purchasing, recycling, composting, trayless dining, food donation, reusable condiment containers and dishware, fryer oil recycling, and more.

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

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