Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.60
Liaison Mary Lucus
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Belmont University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Mary Lucus
Director, IR
Provost
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Does the institution have written policies, guidelines or directives that seek to support sustainable purchasing across commodity categories institution-wide?:
Yes

A copy of the policies, guidelines or directives:
The policies, guidelines or directives:

Belmont University is dedicated to responsible stewardship of the environment and our community in many of its procurement practices. Belmont recognizes that by enhancing our efforts and supporting these types of purchases, we will have an impact on the environment and the community around us.
Belmont University will acquire goods and services that promote environmental stewardship; that supports small, women, minority, and veteran owned business; and that hold up with our university purchasing policy to be fiscally responsible.
www.belmont.edu/finance-operations


Does the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) when evaluating energy- and water-using products and systems?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the institution’s use of LCCA?:
Institution employs LCCA less comprehensively, e.g. for certain types of systems or projects and not others

A brief description of the LCCA policy and/or practices:

All purchases of equipment associated with energy and water using products are assessed from a total cost of ownership perspective. As an example, up front costs of construction are weighed against the energy savings and sustainable characteristics of the equipment. Additionally, appliances purchased for apartments on campus are energy star rated.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating chemically intensive products and services (e.g. building and facilities maintenance, cleaning and sanitizing, landscaping and grounds maintenance)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for chemically intensive products and services:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating construction and renovation products (e.g. furnishings and building materials)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for construction and renovation products:

On many of our buildings, we include many sustainability features. No official policy.

1. Green roofs
2. Recycle construction materials
3. Use LED lighting
4. Use natural flooring materials
5. Energy efficient mechanical systems
6. Use hydration stations in conjunction with water fountains to reduce water usage


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating Information technology (IT) products and services (e.g. computers, imaging equipment, mobile phones, data centers and cloud services)?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for IT products and services:

Software and non-peripheral hardware purchased by the university should strongly consider sustainability as a factor in purchasing decisions. Hardware or software purchased by the university should support Belmont University’s sustainability program. All electronic hardware should meet or exceed EPEAT criteria for energy efficiency. All hardware disposal must comply with all Nashville and Tennessee laws for disposal and recycling of electronic waste. Technology recycling and disposal will be coordinated through LITS.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food services (i.e. franchises, vending services, concessions, convenience stores)?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for food services:

Sodexo, the university's dining services contractor is required to utilize sustainable practices in acquisition of locally grown food where possible, waste management, and water conservation. They are also required to pay a living wage to front line employees.

RC Matthews, general contractor is required to recycle construction debris and build according to green building standards.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating garments and linens?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for garments and linens:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating professional services (e.g. architectural, engineering, public relations, financial)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for professional services:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating transportation and fuels (e.g. travel, vehicles, delivery services, long haul transport, generator fuels, steam plants)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for transportation and fuels:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating wood and paper products?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for wood and paper products:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating products and services in other commodity categories that the institution has determined to have significant sustainability impacts?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for other commodity categories:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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