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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 55.50
Liaison Alistair Hall
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Vassar College
OP-7: Low Impact Dining

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 3.00 Maureen King
Senior Director of Campus Dining
Campus Dining
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Percentage of total dining services food purchases comprised of conventionally produced animal products:
20

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

Manually track purchases using Excel spreadsheets and conduct research to confirm supplier claims of sustainable produced animal products.


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”):

Campus Dining recognizes that vegan and vegetarian dining is an important component of environmental sustainability. Vassar provides vegan and vegetarian options at all times at both the All Campus Dining Center and The Retreat, and has been recognized by PETA for A-grade vegan dining. Complete-protein options are available at the All Campus Dining Center, as well as a stir-fry station at which students can customize their own vegan dishes. Campus Dining regularly partners with the Vassar Animal Rights Coalition, a student organization, to provide special vegan banquets, and to promote the Meatless Monday program.

Sample Meatless Monday offering:
Curried quinoa and butternut squash cold salad
Minestrone soup
Black beans with cumin
Cellentani pasta with marina sauce
Vegan oatmeal cookie
Full salad bar
Full self stir-fry station


A brief description of other efforts the institution has made to reduce the impact of its animal-derived food purchases:
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The website URL where information about the vegan dining program is available:
Annual dining services expenditures on food:
1,960,730 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on conventionally produced animal products:
391,696.15 US/Canadian $

Annual dining services expenditures on sustainably produced animal products:
279,580.84 US/Canadian $

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