|Submission Date||Dec. 6, 2017|
|0.59 / 6.00||
Texas A&M University Dining’s approach to social responsibility and sustainability is tied into our overall Balanced U wellness programming. Through a variety of innovative programs and policies, we work closely with the communities we serve to reduce the impact our operations have in the world around us. Our focus on recycling, resource conservation, and waste reduction not only helps us operate more efficiently, but it also lets us ensure that the resources we use today will be available for future generations. Our Balanced U Sustainability approach addresses four basic tenets of sustainable and socially responsible business practices. In detail, Chartwells only offers Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) certified cage-free shell eggs nationwide. In December 2007, Chartwells implemented a cage-free shell egg policy. All units are required to only offer shell eggs that are certified by the HFAC program in partnership with the Humane Society of America. We only serve chicken and turkey that has been produced with the restricted use of these drugs, especially as a growth additive in the feed. Our contracted supplies are required to provide products which adhere to specific criteria developed in partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund. Chartwells serves only fresh, fluid milk and fresh yogurt from cows that have been certified to be free of the artificial growth hormones rBGH/rBST. Chartwells is committed to protecting the threatened global fish supply. In collaboration with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, we established a landmark purchasing policy in 2006 that removes unsustainable wild and farmed seafood from our menus. We train our managers and chefs to build relationships with local farmers and produce distributors. To ensure food safety and traceability of local produce, purchasing is done through an approved produce distributor. Chartwells supports global sustainability through local action. We support these communities by partnering with local produce suppliers and encouraging good agricultural practices to provide quality produce, economic growth, and local community development. Responsible coffee production methods are certified in a variety of ways, including fair trade, Rainforest Alliance, Shade Grown, Bird Friendly, Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices, UTZ and organic. We encourage our units to offer a responsible choice based on client and guest preference, and availability.
Our current inventory represents our purchasing data for the last academic school year from Fall 2016 until Summer 2017 for Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. We obtained our raw purchasing data from our FoodBuy partners and other food tracking purchasing databases like from local partners at Scarmardo. Based on the previous technique of a tracking program in Excel spreadsheets, we used the color-coding system. For example, the green color indicates our third-party verified purchasing, the gray relates to purchases that would not apply to our STARS percentages calculations, the yellow indicates that the purchases are local, and the blue refers to other standards that are the third party verified with off list verifications like B-Corp and rBGH dairy. After the system was completed, we calculated the inventory that is now attached to this submission.
|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||No||No|
|Franchises (e.g. national or global brands)||Yes||Yes|
We have purchased thousands of dollars worth of product from B-Corporations and from companies whose products are certified by the NON-GMO project and grass fed or organic. We have included those purchases on the list because they add sustainable value to the dining experience.
Information for this section was supplied by Chartwells, a third-party contractor for Texas A&M University Dining.
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.
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.