Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.54
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.16 / 6.00 Neil Kaufman
Sustainability Coordinator
Division of Housing and Food Service
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
0.85

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
36.97

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):

UT Austin is the first university in the US to partner with the Center for Good Food Purchasing. The Center develops a report that scores the quality of the food purchasing based on five value catogories (local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition). The Center reviewed UT Austin's purchasing data and scored line by line. Through persistant calls to farms, manufactures, and distributors, the Center was able to score the environmental and animal welfare sections. FOIAs were submitted to collect information on OSHA violations to determine OSHA violations. Vendors were scored in the local economies category dpending on its location and size of operation. And the nutrition category was based on what UT Austin offers - and how it's offered - on campus. The information that is being referenced for STARS is based on the findings from the 2017-2018 CGFP report.


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 No 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:
$5 million - $9.9 million

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

UT Austin has actively partnered with the City of Austin's Good Food Purchasing Program since 2015. This is a group of institutional purchasers from around the city that share best practices, vendor lists, etc. Participation with this cohort has positioned UT Austin as a leader in institutinal sustainable food purchasing


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