Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.71
Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Vermont
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.86 / 6.00 Gioia Thompson
Sustainability Strategist
UVM Office of Sustainability
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:

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

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):
Two UVM Food Systems Graduate Interns calculated the Real Food Challenge and plant-based data, in collaboration with the UVM Dining Sustainability Manager. Velocity reports from UVM Dining vendors were collected for the months of October 2021 and February 2022 totaling ~$1.5M. These months have been used previously and represent one fall semester and one spring semester. We did not measure summer purchases, but have limited food/locations available this time of year. Office of Sustainability student employees and staff analyzed purchases from UVM's only institution-operated location (the Bookstore) in Oct 2020 and Feb 2021. Because some of this period included remote and hybrid learning the data was reweighted to match sales volumes in 2021-2022 to align with UVM Dining's reporting, totaling ~$150K after reweighting.

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 Yes Yes
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Student-run food/catering services Yes No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) No No
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

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:
UVM Dining is committed to purchasing local and regional products when available through our Vermont First program. We make commitments with vendors/distributors in advance to ensure adequate inventory and some local products are received as weekly standing orders.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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