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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 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.62 / 4.00 Tim MacTurk
Regional Manager
Sodexo
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Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
32.80

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:

See above. This list includes purchases for our five dining halls and catering services. 32.8% of the food served in the dining halls and catering services are local and/or sustainably sourced; when counting part 2 of the credit, the overall percentage is 29.10


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:
23

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:
An inventory, list or sample of on-site franchise, convenience store, vending machine, and/or concessions food and beverage purchases that are sustainably produced:

See above. This list contains purchases for our on-site food outlets located on campus, (including the campus center food court and downtown café) the 518 market (convenience store) and concessions. When combining this with our dining hall and catering purchases the total is 29.10%


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

University Auxiliary Services (UAS) and Sodexo partner to bring local and sustainable food to the dining halls, convenience stores, vending machines, catering services and concessions. Our goal is to change the procedure of food ordering, rather than concentrating on a specific numeric goal. We place a priority on our distributors to find NY sourced, local and sustainably produced products.


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

The purchases of food are collected by Sodexo. A Sodexo general manger and UAlbany's Director of Sustainability review the purchases to determine which will be considered local and/or sustainable. The criteria for sustainable food purchases are outlined by STARS. In addition, UAlbany participates in a SUNY wide initiative called Farm to SUNY. This entails placing an emphasis on procuring products from NYS. As a result, our local purchases include items grown and produced in NYS. However, since Albany is centrally located, we have not found the NYS items are being procured from a distance greater than 250 miles and thus would also meet the STAR's criteria. Any items included in the dining services that are not food (such as paper products, trash bags, cleaning supplies, etc) were eliminated from the total food spend number.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
7,357,918 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 Yes Yes
Franchises Yes Yes
Convenience stores Yes Yes
Vending services Yes No
Concessions Yes Yes

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 Yes
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:

None


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.