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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 75.27
Liaison Katie Lavin
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Sterling College (VT)
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Simeon Bittman
Executive Chef
Food Services
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
75

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:

An inventory and list can be made available from the Real Food Challenge website.


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)?:
Yes

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:
75

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:

We have NO on-site franchises, convenience stores, vending machines, or other food & beverage purchase outside of our dining hall. All of our on-campus food comes from the Sterling Kitchen. They feed the community 3 times a day, 7 days a week, and is always open for beverages and snacks that are covered in the inventory above.


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

Sterling College has the most progressive food service of any college in the country. We grow a significant percentage of our own food, and source as much local food as possible. We do not use a food-service company. Instead, our chefs work alongside students to cook healthy, creative, and delicious meals. Our kitchen staff works hard to uphold the kitchen’s Mission Statement:

“The mission of Sterling’s Food Service is to manage the food system as an integral part of our educational programs by demonstrating a living-what-we-teach philosophy.”

Our kitchen best demonstrates this philosophy through composting, conserving energy and resources, eating seasonally, preparing our food from scratch, and recycling.


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

Sterling College participates in the "Real Food Challenge". Here is a description:

The Real Food Challenge leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system.
Our primary campaign is to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources—what we call “real food”—by 2020.
The Real Food Challenge also maintains a national network of student food activists—providing opportunities for networking, learning, and leadership development for thousands of emerging leaders.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
224,860.86 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 Yes Yes
Dining operations and catering services operated by a contractor No No
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 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.) Yes

A brief description of other sustainable restaurant and food service standards that the institution’s dining services operations are certified under:

Sterling College is not currently certified under any of the above; however, Sterling College was a participant in the Real Food Challenge where they placed first in the nation in real food. Fair trade campus status is being researched for the college currently. We are also a member of Vermont Fresh Network, www.vermontfresh.net


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

Sterling College participated in the Real Food Challenge, which has a partnership with AASHE. Sterling was ranked has the #1 higher education institute in the country for local, sustainable, fair trade, and humane, reaching 75% of it's food from these sources. In comparison, the next highest ranking institution reached only 56% real food. Included below is the article from the Sterling College website.

http://www.sterlingcollege.edu/news-events/number-one-for-real-food/

We have no vending machines, convenience stores, or franchises on campus. We grow 20% of our own food.

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