Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Liesel Schwarz
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Villanova University
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.09 / 4.00 Liesel Schwarz
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
51

A copy of an inventory, list or sample of sustainable food and beverage purchases:
An inventory, list or sample of sustainable food and beverage purchases:

Fair trade fruits and vegetables, fair trade teas, coffee, bananas, sugar and chocolate, local fruit and vegetables, Monterey bay seafood watch, and cage free eggs.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (food and beverage expenditures for on-site franchises, convenience stores, vending services, or concessions)?:
Yes

Percentage of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending services, and concessions food and beverage purchases that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
4.10

A copy of an inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:
An inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:
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A brief description of the sustainable food and beverage purchasing program:

Villanova Dining Services is committed to protecting and preserving our environment. With the help of our customers we strive to reduce waste and use renewable resources as much as possible in all of our dining locations. Sustainable dining practices and waste reduction is stressed throughout our dining operations including composting and recycling. Villanova Dining Services provides sustainable options including: vegan options, organic foods, a community supported agriculture program, fair trade food products, sustainable seafood, locally grown and produced foods, and cage free eggs.

Here is a list of our sustainable initiatives:

• Trayless Dining
• Vegan Dining
• Veggie Mania
• Trans-Fats – ingredient filters
• Water – Aqua Health – free
• Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting – Lean Path waste tracking system
• Post-Consumer Food Waste Composting - Café Nova
• Food Donations
• Recycled Content Napkins
• Discounts on refillable drinks
• Hydration stations
• Compostable disposable containers, cutlery, plates and cups – café nova, catering
• Sustainable seafood
• Cage Free eggs
• Organic salad bar
• Fry oil - 100% expeller pressed frying oil
• GMO free cooking oil – our salad oils are GMO, expeller pressed
• Fair trade foods
• Local foods – over 45% of all food purchases are from local sources and producers
• Farmers Market – Villanova Dining Services operates annually an on campus farmers market
• CSA – Lancaster Farm Fresh
• Farm to Fork Thursdays


A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory sustainable food and beverage purchases:

Inventory items are tagged with the different traits related levels of sustainability such as organic, local, Fair Trade, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. Our food distributor also tracks purchases for us based on these traits. We use the CBORD menu management system for item identification, ordering and invoice paying.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
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Which of the following food service providers are present on campus and included in the total food and beverage expenditure figures?:
Present? Included?
Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution Yes Yes
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor No No
Franchises No No
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes No

Has the institution achieved the following?:
Yes or No
Fair Trade Campus, College or University status Yes
Certification under the Green Seal Standard for Restaurants and Food Services (GS-46) No
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification No
Signatory of the Real Food Campus Commitment (U.S.) No

A brief description of other sustainable restaurant and food service standards that the institution’s dining services operations are certified under:

We are currently looking into the Green Seal Standard for Restaurants and Food Services and hope to be certified by next year. Additionally we are looking into the MSC certification.


The website URL where information about the institution's sustainable food and beverage purchasing efforts is available:

We are seeking Marine Stewardship Council Certification and expect to have everything approved by July 2014

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