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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 68.76
Liaison Meghan Chapple
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

George Washington University
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.39 / 4.00 Ronda Chapman-Duer
Sustainability Project Facilitator
Division of Operations
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
9.67

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:
0

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:

NA


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

GW signed on to the Real Food Campus Commitment in April 2014. The university has committed to procuring 20% 'Real Food' by 2020. This challenge campaign and associated calculator tool will be implemented to track sustainable food and beverage purchasing efforts based on our 2012/13 baseline assessment. This effort will not only increase the transparency of food served on campus, but provide educational and professional development opportunities for students throughout the years ahead.


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

The Real Food Calculator tool is the method used to determine annual purchases of sustainable foods for the student dining program.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
941,937 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 No No
Concessions No No

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

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:

The 9.67% was calculated by GW student researchers with support from Sodexo based on the Real Food Calculator which is a tool provided and managed by the Real Food Challenge organization.
http://calculator.realfoodchallenge.org
http://www.realfoodchallenge.org

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.