Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.23
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date June 14, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Texas at Austin
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Neil Kaufman
Sustainability Coordinator
Division of Housing and Food Service
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Good Food Purchasing Program

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The University of Texas at Austin is the first institution of higher education to participate in the Good Food Purchasing Program as a Local Lead Partner in Austin, Texas, with the City of Austin's Office of Sustainability.

Since May 2016, partners work with the Center for Good Food Purchasing to determine how they can track their purchasing along the five value categories and gather more data from the vendors they are currently working with. The adoption of the Good Food Purchasing Program amplifies and celebrates the existing mission and values of both partner institutions.

The Housing and Food Service, part of the Division of Students Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, seeks to foster a living and learning experience of environmental stewardship and sustainability awareness. In the last year, the department reduced the university’s ecological footprint by sourcing over 525,000 pounds of produce from on-campus community gardens and local farms. Staff makes sustainability practices a guiding principle, raising awareness through campus-wide events and training initiatives.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Public Engagement
Food & Dining

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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