Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.29
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Western Washington University
SD-3: Food and Beverage Purchases

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete N/A Lucas Minor
Marketing Manager
Aramark Dining Services
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The percentage of food and beverage expenditures that were processed within 100 miles of the institution by a company that is not publicly traded:

The percentage of food and beverage expenditures that were grown within 100 miles of the institution:

List what tool your institution is using to track this information (e.g. Center for Environmental Farming Systems or CBORD):
Real Food Challenge Calculator, a tool developed by a NGO

List items procured for dining services from on-campus organic garden(s):

The percentage of total food and beverage expenditures spent by dining services to procure items from on-campus organic garden(s):

List all Fair Trade certified items purchased:

Tony’s Coffee, Choice Tea, Starbucks Coffee, Larabars that contain chocolate, Green & Black Chocolate, Endangered Species Chocolate, and two Lipton Teas in Residential Dining are Rainforest Alliance certified, which " works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior".

"We track all of our sustainable purchasing information using the Real Food Challenge Calculator, a tool developed by a NGO, The Real Food Challenge, that strives to promote ecologically sound, locally-produced food, humanely raised meats, and fairly traded imported items through the purchasing power of public institutions and universities across the nation. Note that this system includes more than just local purchases.

For the most recent tracking/reporting period (Oct-Nov 2011), we’re at about 25% ‘Real Food’ campuswide."

-Lucas Minor
(Aramark Marketing Manager)

University dining facilities also carry Chocolove Chocolate (which is NOT Fair Trade, but supports the World Cocoa Foundation, which "supports cocoa farmers and their families worldwide. WCF programs raise farmer incomes, encourage responsible, sustainable cocoa farming and strengthen communities"

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