Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.78 / 6.00 Jessica Kemper
Sustainable Food Initiatives Manager
Sustainability Office
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
14.60

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
30

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 Real Food Calculator was run by a student intern of the Sustainability Office, with Sustainable Food Initiatives Manager, Jessica Kemper, serving as project supervisor. 9,800 purchases from 40 vendors were reviewed according to Real Food standards version 2.1 (https://www.realfoodchallenge.org/documents/38/Real_Food_Guide_2.1.pdf).

Two samples were taken. Sample 1, during a 4-week spring sample period (February 1, 2018 – February 28, 2018) and sample 2, a 4-week fall sample period (September 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017). The results were published fall of 2018. "


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

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
$1 million - $4.9 million

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

University of Utah Dining Services, provided by Chartwells Higher Education, is engaged in sustainable purchasing of fair-trade and humane animal welfare products, and ecologically-sound produce and seafood. Dining Services’ Sustainability Coordinator promotes purchasing from local and regional vendors to reduce our Eco-Foodprint and waste.


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

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