Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.66
Liaison Marian Brown
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Wells College
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.45 / 4.00 Marian Brown
Director
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
12

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

Sample sustainable products purchased by Wells Dining include:
Ithaca Beer (Ithaca NY)
Yuengling Beer (Pennsylvania)
Bagels (Dryden NY)
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
2% Milk, skim milk, whole milk,chocolate milk, buttermilk, cottage cheese, cream cheese, cream, eggnog, yogurts (all Byrne Dairy products, produced in upstate NY)
Coffee (Finger Lakes Coffees. Victor NY)
Coffee (Paul de Lima, Cicero NY)
Eggs (Genoa NY)
New Hope Mills corn muffin mix (Auburn NY)
Sunflower oil, USDA Organic
Flax brown grain, USDA Organic
Fresh herbs (NY)
Hoffman Hot Dog (Syracuse NY)
Ice Cream (Perry's, Akron NY)
Kale (NY)
Potatoes (NY)
Butternut squash (NY)
Ice cream (Ben & Jerry's), Fair trade certified
Honest tea, USDA organic
Wines from various Finger Lakes wineries: Glenora, Great Western, Hosmer, Knapp, Long Point, Salmon Run, Sheldrake Point, Treleaven)


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:
73

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:
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An inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:

The independent student-run GRIND Cafe focuses their brand on offering more sustainable products. From their total spend in calendar year 2015 on food and beverages, the largest majority were coffee and tea products.
Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters (local roaster, organic, Fair Trade certified coffee)
Tazo Teas (Fair Trade certified)
Wegmans milk (local)
Organic honey
Organic natural sugar


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

Wells Dining is aware of the college's desire for more sustainable food and beverages.

Wells is currently in contract negotiations with a new vending contractor, and as part of that new program, we will be seeking healthier, more sustainable snack products.

The student-run Grind Cafe at Wells brands itself as a more sustainable coffee shop, featuring fair-trade certified coffees and teas and other food products.


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

Wells Dining and the Grind Cafe management teams both worked with their main purveyors to determine their respective spend on sustainable food and beverages.

Wells Dining supplied a 30-page inventory worksheet report for one recent month. Their management highlighted products on that report sourced from local suppliers and producers, and those certified as USDA organic. From that snapshot, they identified that 12% of the food and beverage products purchased met that applicable sustainable criteria. That 12% figure was applied to their total spend for the year.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
597,408 US/Canadian $

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 No No
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Franchises No No
Convenience stores No No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

Has the institution achieved the following?:
Yes or No
Fair Trade Campus, College or University status No
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:

none


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