Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.01
Liaison Meghna Tare
Submission Date April 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Arlington
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.42 / 6.00 Bhargavi Jeyarajah
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
6.20

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
34.89

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):

Maverick Dining uses a purchasing tracking program provided by Chartwells Higher Ed to compile all items purchased within a time frame. The report for this time frame was organized by the Maverick Dining sustainability team. Once organized, items were analyzed, and possible qualifying items were researched and recorded if they fit any of the sustainability criteria. For the plant-based portion, some products were already marked as plant-based in the purchasing report. All other items were sorted through to determine if they met any of the criteria and categorized accordingly.


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 Yes
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes No

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
$500,000 - $999,999

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

Maverick Dining, a member of Chartwell's Higher Education, is engaged in sustainable purchasing of fair-trade and humane animal welfare products, and ecologically-sound produce and seafood. Purchasing as local as possible, focusing on seasonality, and incorporating more plant-forward options are all top of mind.


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