Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.22
Liaison Mei May
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2019

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at San Antonio
OP-8: Sustainable Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.30 / 2.00 Mei L May
Director Office of Sustainability
Sustainability
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host a farmers market, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or urban agriculture project, or support such a program in the local community?:
No

A brief description of the farmers market, CSA or urban agriculture project:
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host a sustainability-themed food outlet on-site, either independently or in partnership with a contractor or retailer?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-themed food outlet:

Themed and seasonal ideas, tips, and recipes to help lead a healthy lifestyle

Summer:
Energize and Enjoy
Flavors of the Season
Celebrate the Season
Stay Cool, Stay Healthy
Fall:
Busy Fall Schedule Health Tips
Get Ready, Get Healthy
Healthy Habits for Fall
Spring:
Fresh Ideas for the Season
Make it Healthy, Make it Delicious
Winter:
Hot, Hearty, Healthy Comfort Foods
Healthy Ideas for the Season
Winterize for Your Health
Making Resolutions That Last

General Health, Wellness & Nutrition Topics:
Explore Healthy Cooking Styles
Fad Free Nutrition Tips
Get Your Plate in Shape
Good News About Fats

Health & Flavor Go Together
Energizing News
Heathly Starts
Separating Fact From Fiction


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor support disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through its food and beverage purchasing?:
No

A brief description of the support for disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local SMEs:
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Estimated percentage of total food and beverage expenditures on products from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local SMEs:
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor host low impact dining events or promote plant-forward options?:
Yes

A brief description of the low impact dining events and/or plant-forward options:

Seasonal Items
When available, our menus include seasonal selections with local and sustainable products.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a vegan dining program that makes diverse, complete-protein vegan options available to every member of the campus community at every meal?:
Yes

A brief description of the vegan dining program:

There are vegetarian and vegan options at Road Runner Cafe at all times. Other venues have vegetarian options such as Extreme Pita.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor inform customers about low impact food choices and sustainability practices through labelling and signage in dining halls?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability labelling and signage in dining halls:

Yes, the dining services department offers sustainable dining options and advertises to go containers for students in reusable containers.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor participate in a competition or commitment program and/or use a food waste prevention system to track and improve its food management practices?:
No

A brief description of the food recovery competition or commitment program or food waste prevention system:
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Has the institution or its primary dining services contractor implemented trayless dining (in which trays are removed from or not available in dining halls) and/or modified menus/portions to reduce post-consumer food waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the trayless dining or modified menu/portion program:

Trays have been removed from all dining areas


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor donate food that would otherwise go to waste to feed people?:
No

A brief description of the food donation program:
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor divert food materials from the landfill, incinerator or sewer for animal feed or industrial uses?:
Yes

A brief description of the food materials diversion program:

All cooking oil is recycled.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a pre-consumer composting program?:
No

A brief description of the pre-consumer composting program:
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor have a post-consumer composting program?:
No

A brief description of the post-consumer composting program:
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor utilize reusable service ware for “dine in” meals?:
Yes

A brief description of the reusable service ware program:

Service ware is available at the Roadrunner Cafe. Campus Dining has a no straw policy where diners have to ask for a straw for diners with disabilities. Campus dining offers compostable utensils and to go containers at fast food dining areas, they offer reusable containers to housing and staff on meal plans. The "Eco-To-Go" Program offers the opportunity for purchasing to-go meals in reusable containers that are returned for cleaning and reuse.


Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor provide reusable and/or third party certified compostable containers and service ware for “to-go” meals (in conjunction with an on-site composting program)?:
No

A brief description of the compostable containers and service ware:
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Does the institution or its primary dining services contractor offer discounts or other incentives to customers who use reusable containers instead of disposable or compostable containers in “to-go” food service operations?:
Yes

A brief description of the reusable container discount or incentives program:

UTSA offers discounts to customers who use
reusable mugs. Green Thread reusable cups can be purchased for $4.99 and used for unlimited 99¢ fountain beverage refills at locations across campus. On-campus Starbucks also offers a 15¢ discount off brewed coffee and iced tea and a 10¢ discount off custom beverages to any customer using a reusable container.


A brief description of other sustainability-related initiatives not covered above:

"Fad-free" facts, insights, and everyday wellness information.

General Health & Planning
My Plate for Better Health
Vegetarian Choices
Nutrition on a Budget
Healthy Snacking
Understanding Food Allergies
Breakfast Basics
Impact on Health:
Calcium and Bone Health
Hydration and Your Health
Gluten and Your Health
Produce for Better Health
Salt, Sodium and Your Health
Focused Nutrition News:
The Goodness of Whole Grains
The Latest on Carbs
Focus on Fats
Seafood in the News
Wellness Insights:
Healthy Snacking
Hydration and Your Health
Salt, Sodium and Your Health
The Latest on Carbs
Understanding the Facts About Fats
The Goodness of Whole Grains
Vegetarian Choices
Breakfast Basics
Seafood and Your Health
My Plate for Better Health
Nutrition on a Budget
Produce in Your Diet
Themed and seasonal ideas, tips, and recipes to help lead a healthy lifestyle

Summer:
Energize and Enjoy
Flavors of the Season
Celebrate the Season
Stay Cool, Stay Healthy
Fall:
Busy Fall Schedule Health Tips
Get Ready, Get Healthy
Healthy Habits for Fall
Spring:
Fresh Ideas for the Season
Make it Healthy, Make it Delicious
Winter:
Hot, Hearty, Healthy Comfort Foods
Healthy Ideas for the Season
Winterize for Your Health
Making Resolutions That Last

General Health, Wellness & Nutrition Topics:
Explore Healthy Cooking Styles
Fad Free Nutrition Tips
Get Your Plate in Shape
Good News About Fats

Health & Flavor Go Together
Energizing News
Heathly Starts
Separating Fact From Fiction


Website URL where information about the sustainable dining programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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