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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-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.83 / 3.00 Simeon Bittman
Executive Chef
Food Services
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Percentage of total dining services food purchases comprised of conventionally produced animal products:
17.50

A brief description of the methodology used to track/inventory expenditures on animal products:

Sterling College participated in the Real Food Challenge. All calculations were done through that website.


Does the institution offer diverse, complete-protein vegan dining options at all meals in at least one dining facility on campus?:
Yes

Does the institution provide labels and/or signage that distinguishes between vegan, vegetarian (not vegan), and other items?:
Yes

Are the vegan options accessible to all members of the campus community?:
Yes

A brief description of the vegan dining program, including availability, sample menus, signage and any promotional activities (e.g. “Meatless Mondays”):

The Sterling College kitchen accommodates a wide variety of diets including vegetarian, vegan and dairy free at every meal. Those meals are complete-protein options and are either clearly labeled at the buffet-style serving, or available separately in the kitchen. Additionally, on average, on average, 4 out of 20 meals per week served to the entire community are vegetarian / vegan, so there would be no need for a separate, special meal.


A brief description of other efforts the institution has made to reduce the impact of its animal-derived food purchases:

We try to raise animals for meat ourselves, and model the sustainable agriculture we want our students to take to their own farms after graduation. Our animal-derived food purchases are made, for the most part, from local, small farms. We make no purchases from factory farms. All of our purchased poultry is free-range; our beef is all grass-fed; and we buy from farms that also practice sustainable agriculture and mixed power models.


The website URL where information about the vegan dining program is available:
Annual dining services expenditures on food:
224,860.86 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:
39,355.77 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:
43,359.83 US/Canadian $

Sterling College was ranked #1 in the nation for real food in the Real Food Challenge, serving 75% real food.

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