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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.69
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date July 23, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Colgate University
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.78 / 4.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
19.59

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:
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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)?:
No

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

Colgate uses a local distributor who purchases and delivers locally produced foods (e.g., vegetables, herbs, diary, poultry, swine, beef, grains, etc.) to the university. We also purchase local foods from area vendors such as Byrne Dairy, United Whole Foods, Mento, and others. Altogether, the university spends about 20% of its food budget on local and or 3rd party certified food and beverage items. This conclusion is the result of a 2012 report by Colgate student, Olivia Kuby '12.


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

It is a very manual process. At this point we are going through receipts and calling distributors and suppliers. We are working with our dining service provide and local distributors to change the system.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
2,369,321 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 Yes No
Convenience stores No No
Vending services No No
Concessions No No

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

Starbucks is the only franchise on campus and they do not serve food in an appreciable amount.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.