Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.27
Liaison Julia Angstmann
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Butler University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Amanda Doenges
Director of Engineering and Administration
Office of Operations
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Does the institution have written policies, guidelines or directives that seek to support sustainable purchasing across commodity categories institution-wide?:
No

A copy of the policies, guidelines or directives:
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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?:
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 larger projects, Butler has an energy model for the building and is able to use this model to evaluate the energy savings of equipment. This helps us determine the payback for upgrading to more efficient building equipment.


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)?:
Yes

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

As of December of 2016, 100% of the following products will be utilized for the cleaning of all campus buildings until further notice.
All general purpose, bathroom, glass, and carpet cleaners used must be Green SealTM Certified in accordance with either the third (2006) or fourth edition (2008) of standard GS-37. Alternative products may be proposed. However, alternative products may not be employed until the Butler University Building Services Department has issued a letter of approval. Alpha-HP- Multi-Surface Cleaner (JohnsonDiversey) : An all-in-one, environmentally friendly multi-surface cleaner that cleans and brightens surfaces safely and easily. Alpha-HP is also used for window cleaning and carpet cleaning. Alpha-HP products are Green Seal certified.

Since 2009, Butler has used phosphorus-free fertilizer everywhere on campus except flowerbeds or when a new lawn is being established.


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:
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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)?:
No

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

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for other commodity categories:

The following paper products are utilized in all campus buildings. All products must either meet the EPA guidelines and qualify as an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) product or be Green SealTM Certified in accordance with either the second edition (1992) of standard GS-01 or the first edition (1993) of standard GS-09.
The following products have been deemed acceptable:

Bay West Tissue #61990
Description: EcoSoft™ Green Seal™ bath tissue

• 100% Recycled (recovered after papermaking process)
• Minimum 20% post-consumer wastepaper content; 10% in facial tissue (EPA guidelines)
• Wastepaper is not de-inked using solvents containing chlorine or any of its derivatives such as hypochlorite and chlorine dioxide
• Wastepaper is not bleached using chlorine or any of its derivatives such as hypochlorite and chlorine dioxide
• Bath and facial tissue does not contain any added pigments, inks, dyes or fragrances
• Bath tissue contains a minimum of 40 square feet of product per roll; facial tissue contains a minimum of 70 square feet of product per box
• Product is made in accordance with reasonable industry practice with respect to holes, tears, wrinkles, cleanliness, foreign materials or dirt; product must dispense properly from the container (dispenser) or roll
• The cores in the bath tissue and the box for the facial tissue are made from 100% recycled materials
• Packaging does not contain inks, dyes, pigments, stabilizers or any additives to which lead, cadmium, mercury or hexavalent chromium has been intentionally introduced
• Packaging materials cannot contain lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium in excess of 100 parts per million (above trace levels)

Bay West Towels #78090
Description: DublNature® Green Seal-certified

100% Recycled (recovered after papermaking process)
• Minimum 40% post-consumer wastepaper content (EPA guidelines)
• Wastepaper is not de-inked using solvents containing chlorine or any of its derivatives such as hypochlorite and chlorine dioxide
• Wastepaper is not bleached using chlorine or any of its derivatives such as hypochlorite and chlorine dioxide
• Paper towels do not contain any added pigments, inks, dyes or fragrances
• Product is made in accordance with reasonable industry practice with respect to holes, tears, wrinkles, cleanliness, foreign materials or dirt; product must dispense properly from the container (dispenser) or roll
• The cores in the roll towels are made from 100% recycled materials
• Packaging materials cannot contain lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium in excess of 100 parts per million (above trace levels)


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