Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 47.37
Liaison Holly Andersen
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2021

STARS v2.2

Bennington College
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 3.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have written policies, guidelines, or directives that seek to support sustainable purchasing across multiple commodity categories institution-wide?:
No

A copy of the policies, guidelines or directives:
The policies, guidelines or directives:
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Does the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) when evaluating energy- and water-using products and systems?:
No

Which of the following best describes the institution’s use of LCCA?:
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A brief description of the LCCA policy and/or practices:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating chemically intensive products and services?:
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 consumable office products?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for consumable office products:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating furniture and furnishings?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for furniture and furnishings:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating Information technology (IT) and equipment?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for Information Technology (IT) and equipment:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food service providers?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for food service providers:

SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT POLICY - FOOD SERVICE PROVIDERS
Bennington College is committed to serving locally sourced and sustainably produced food. Dining Services have developed relations with local farmers and producers by the dozens, including Northeast Family Farms, Black River Meats, Maplebrook Farm, Blythedale Farm, Earth Sky Time Community Farm, Vermont Fresh Pasta Company, and Bennington College's own Purple Carrot Farm. The College is committed to:

1. Composting all food scraps
2. Recycling fryer oil
3. Using recycled and recyclable containers and paper goods
4. Recycling cardboard, paper, glass, and plastic
5. Trayless dining to reduce thousands of gallons of water waste
6. Discontinuing the retail sale of bottled water keeping plastic out of our ecosystem
7. Eliminating straws, to-go containers, individual creamers, and many other single-use plastics from service


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 service providers?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for professional service providers:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating transportation and fuels?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for transportation and fuels:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable procurement program or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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