Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.92
Liaison Mat Thijssen
Submission Date Oct. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Waterloo
OP-7: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.29 / 6.00 Mat Thijssen
Sustainability Manager
Sustainability Office
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Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on products that are sustainably or ethically produced:
2.80

Percentage of total annual food and beverage expenditures on plant-based foods:
37.40

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 inventory is based on purchase receipts across all Food Services departments for the 2020 calendar year. It does not use representative samples. Items have been coded into the purchasing orders throughout the year to allow extraction for local, certified, and fairtrade products. It should be noted that this is for the 2020 year, which was heavily influenced by COVID-19 restrictions, but is the most complete assessment/inventory completed to date and it was felt that the representative scaling (as a percentage) would be largely consistent going forward.


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 No No
Student-run food/catering services No No
Franchises (e.g., regional or global brands) No No
Convenience stores No No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions No No

Total annual dining services budget for food and beverage products:
$500,000 - $999,999

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

Waterloo’s Food Services has been making efforts to procure sustainably-sourced food. In particular, it has been pursuing the following:
o Fish/Seafood: Preference for MSC Certified or Sea Choice Certified seafood
o Coffee/Tea: 100% of all coffee served is Fair Tade certified, and at least 3 fair trade teas are available in all locations that serve teas
o Produce: Waterloo attempts to purchase seasonal, local produce wherever possible, including through the Elmira Produce Auction Cooperative and through vendors that provide Foodland Ontario produce
o Meat, poultry, eggs, dairy: Where possible, Food Services sources local options
o Local products are included in the above inventory of suppliers, but the university is not able to verify with each individual farm that it meets the principles of organic agriculture or fair trade required. However, approximately almost 30% of all Food Services purchases are from local sources.


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