Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.82
Liaison Sandy DeJohn
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Binghamton University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Sandy DeJohn
Utilities Manager / Sustainability Coordinator
Physical Facilities
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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:

As a New York State agency, Binghamton University adheres to requirements as imposed by the Governor's office. New York State Executive Order #4 establishes Green Procurement and Agency Sustainability Program. Binghamton University purchases most commodities through New York State centralized contracts administered by the Office of General Services (NYS OGS). The website below contains approved EO4 procurement specifications.
https://www.ogs.state.ny.us/greenny/green-product-specs.asp


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:

For each new construction and major renovation projects where equipment selection will impact the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Binghamton University engages New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to perform energy modeling and to collaborate with building designers to select the most cost-effective energy efficient equipment. Upon completion of building construction, NYSERDA's representatives will perform field verification to validate the performance data of all systems against design data.
Binghamton University also adheres to SUNY Capital Facilities Policies and Directive to meet, as a minimum, LEED Silver certification criteria. In addition to meeting the Water Efficiency (WE) prerequisites for indoor and outdoor water use reduction, we also pursue WE credits under cooling tower and process water use reduction.
An example of of life cycle cost analysis study is attached as an additional supporting document.


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)?:
Yes

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

The State University must follow the State University Construction Fund Directives which state that all major construction projects meet LEED Silver criteria and all major construction projects must follow NYS Energy and Building Standards Code. Most recently State University of New York Construction Fund issued a directive to set Net Zero Carbon goals for new buildings and Deep Energy Retrofit goals for existing buildings. See attached memo at the end of this submission.


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:

Binghamton University adheres to New York State Executive Order 4 to purchase electronic equipment:
https://www.ogs.ny.gov/greenny/specs/green-specs-computers.asp


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food services (i.e. franchises, vending services, concessions, convenience stores)?:
No

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

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for wood and paper products:

According to Executive Order 4 all paper purchases are to be 100% recycled material.


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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