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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 Silver
Overall Score 58.08
Liaison Kristi Wiedemann
Submission Date March 13, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Princeton University
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.84 / 4.00 Smitha Haneef
Executive Director
Campus Dining
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
21

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:

Bell & Evans: Chicken B&E Fresh Breast 4z 40#
Bell & Evans: Chicken B&E Boneless Thighs
Cream-o-Land – Milk 6022 Disp 20 QT Skim
J. Ambrogi Food Distribution, Inc. (Local Food Distributors) – Lettuce Spring Organic Mix
Kreider Farms: Liquid Eggs, Cage Free
N.S. Troutman & Sons – Grassfed Ground Beef Bulk Frz
Phillips Mushroom Farms, Inc. – Mushrooms White Med 50ct/LB
Small World Roasters – Sm Wd Coffee Organic Love 5#
Susquehanna Mills Co. – Oil Frying Zero TransFat
Sunsprout – Organic Tofu Firm
Bent Spoon 3QT Org Ice Cream
Sommermaid Cheese – Mozz/Prov Blend Shred
Apples Red Del Fancy – Fifer Orchards
Fruitwood Orchards Blueberry Blossom Honey 6/5 lb
Severino Pasta Rigatoni
Blueberry Bill Farms IQF Blueberries
Seabrook Farms Veg Peas Fz


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:

Over half of all food purchases come from within 250 miles of Princeton, including most of our baked goods, eggs, milk, pasta, honey and jams, and crushed tomatoes. However, not all local purchases are from community-based sources, and therefore fall outside of the local/community-based definition.

Other examples of local and/or third-party verified products procured include the following: only anti-biotic free, humanely and locally sourced fresh chicken (Bell & Evans) and fresh pork (Leidy’s) is used. Locally sourced organic grass-fed beef is used for our ground beef and patties. The coffee served in the dining halls is Rainforest Alliance certified. The spring mix served at all the salad bars is organic, as is other seasonal produce throughout the year.

We also endeavor to buy mostly seafood categorized as Best Choice or Good Alternative/sustainable by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.


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

Products are listed by sustainability category in our purchasing software. Each summer, these lists are reviewed and updated as necessary. Then a purchasing recap is run on each of these lists, considering all purchases from the preceding fiscal year (June-May), in order to create the yearly food metric.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
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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 Yes Yes
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor Yes Yes
Franchises No No
Convenience stores Yes No
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes 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:

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.