Gold STARS for Sustainability

At Saint Mary's College of California

... something special is sprouting: a half-acre urban farm cultivating
fresh produce on campus, nurturing a sustainable future and gaining national accolades.

basil from the GEC garden
Good Eating Company proudly partners with Saint Mary’s

... in a sustainability program that recently gained national recognition by STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

STARS recognized Saint Mary’s College collaboration with Good Eating Company's sustainability program with a coveted Gold rating based on our sustainable dining initiatives and food waste reduction.

GEC scored 2 out of 2 points for sustainable dining and 3 out of 6 points for food and beverage purchases.

“The reporting process is quite rigorous

...and it was gratifying to realize our efforts were helpful in retaining the overall Gold rating for the school. It has been a joy to work with Saint Mary’s College over the past year. Our goals are aligned, and we look forward to continuing to deepen the partnership in the years to come,” says Claire Turner, Senior Manager of Sustainability for GEC.

Sustainable at every step

From operational training to educational opportunities, everyone on our team learns why we do what we do.

Not only is it good for our people and planet, but it is also smart business.

Claire, Andrew, Melody at the farm
Andrew Camuso, our District Manager, shares...

"I am proud of Claire & the Culinary Team for their efforts in sustainable purchasing and for promoting plant-based eating. Doing the right thing is not always the easiest, but this team continues to work hard towards our sustainability commitments, and it is nice to see some public recognition for those efforts,"

Together, we’re growing fresh produce

...while fostering connections between students and our local community. Our goal is to make the sustainable choice the easy choice.

With Saint Mary’s as our partner, we’re proving that small changes can yield big results.