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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 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
OP-6: Food and Beverage Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.15 / 4.00 Sheryl Kidwell
Assistant Director
KU Dining
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Percentage of dining services food and beverage expenditures that are local and community-based and/or third party verified:
3.80
+ Date Revised: Oct. 7, 2015

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 updated inventory above.

+ Date Revised: Sept. 29, 2015

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:

KU Dining Services, in partnership with their primary food service vendor, makes the majority of these purchases from Good Natured Family Farms, a Mennonite family farming coop community that utilizes no electrical power or machinery in its food planting, production, processing, and distribution, and uses rain water filtering systems. Other products purchased include locally grown, produced, and/or processed items; cage free; marine stewardship; fair & direct trade; certified organic;and hormone free.


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

Each food /beverage item is coded with a trait(s) that represent sustainable measures: cage/confinement free, fair trade, hormone/antibiotic free, local grown, local processed, made with organic ingredients, organic, and or sustainable verified seafood. Query on the database is made capturing these traits for the date parameter required.


Total annual food and beverage expenditures:
6,971,814.52 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 Yes 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.