|Submission Date||Jan. 26, 2017|
|0.77 / 6.00||
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
Sodexo, NMSU's campus dining provider, continuously implements a local food procurement program, where the unit focuses on purchasing local and university-produced food items such as locally made ice cream from the Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) "ACES in the Hole" academic food program and Bueno chile from a local food distributor. Taos Restaurant, NMSU's dining hall run by Sodexo, also offers Sodexo's fair trade and organic coffee brand Aspretto. Sodexo's campus dining hall, retail, concession and catering operations also purchase dairy, eggs, produce and meat from local providers whenever possible. As an overall sustainability impact, Sodexo strives to ensure that we maximize the amount of products from all food categories that our locally purchased, organic, and/or are fair trade certified.
Throughout the fall semester, the executive chef and production manager examined food purchases from all procurement sources. During this time frame, inventory items with sustainability attributes were flagged and added to the sustainable food inventory. The one-month time frame is all Sodexo could provide and the executive chef and production manager were mindful of including food items that accounted for seasonal variation during the fall semester.
|Dining operations and catering services operated by the institution||No||No|
|Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor||Yes||Yes|
|Student-run food/catering services||Yes||Yes|
|Franchises (e.g. national or global brands)||Yes||Yes|
Sodexo purchases 15% of their food from local vendors. We are an agricultural community surrounded by chile and pecan farms as well as many other small agricultural farms that also sell their food and other products (goat cheese, jellies, honey, etc.). These farms are independently-owned within a 10-mile radius of the university and are all community members that have full autonomy and local decision-making authority with respect to their business practices.
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