Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 42.65
Liaison Jillian Buckholz
Submission Date April 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, East Bay
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 3.00 Jon Medwin
Director, Procurement Services
Procurement Services
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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?:
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 (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:
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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)?:
Yes

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

The 2018/2019 Request for Proposals for a campus-wide dining services provider included specific sustainability criteria:

Sustainability Expectations
1. A commitment to zero-waste recycling that, at a minimum, matches and evolves with Cal State East Bay’s reuse, recycling, composting, and sustainability programs. Provide appropriate, site-specific signage at all waste stations throughout dining program.

2. Foster a sustainable environment through the prioritization of compostable and reusable dishware and utensils, only using compostable dishware and utensils, when necessary. All disposal items must be compostable and compliant with contracted University waste hauler(s) (cups, plates, straws, coffee stirrers, etc.). Use local produce (within 250 miles of campus). Minimize carbon footprint. Provide a reusable drink and food carrying case for anyone on a meal plan at the Dining Commons.

3. Discounts provided to those customers who bring a reusable cup for made-to-order beverages and fountain machines throughout dining program.

4. A sustainability program designed to address five key areas:
- Purchase and transport of food--Minimization of environmental impact through the effective use of ecologically sustainable growing techniques; locally sourced food purchases (within 250 miles) as much as possible with clear signage when served: Energy efficient transportation from farm to campus.
- Preparation - Initiatives to ensure that management, kitchen, and serving operations use resources efficiently through the effective deployment of resource-saving practice; Staff trained to understand energy efficiency and waste minimization tactics and other sustainable preparation objectives.
- Disposal - Minimization of waste; Mechanisms for composting or otherwise reducing the impact of food waste. Use of ecologically sensitive packaging; Use of recycling and other efficient waste disposal mechanisms.
- Innovation and Education - Continuous evaluation and improvement of sustainability practices; Innovation in sustainability; Provision of education to employees about innovations and reasons for operational decisions in food service.
- Sustainable design - Incorporation of sustainable design principles in construction projects undertaken on behalf of the University.

5. Create an education campaign to identify your corporate citizenship efforts as well as business initiatives that focus on responsible use of resources, staff development or global citizenship.

6. Minimize food waste and maximize efficiency. Pay for disposal of food waste. Education campus community about food waste minimization throughout campus dining program.

7. A commitment to support all State, CSU, and University sustainability plans and commitments and participation in experimental composting, when it becomes available and is implemented.

8. Work with Cal State East Bay students to create a partnership that will focus on the sustainable practices and opportunities for further action on the part of the food service provider. Provide sustainability-related metrics, in a timely manner, upon request. Provide an annual sustainability report.


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:

In alignment with the CSU Single-Use Plastics Policy, the language below is included in the Cal State East Bay Procurement Card (P-Card) policy:

"In addition, this policy articulates CSU’s requirements related to single-use plastics to ensure procurement and contracting activities complies with CSU’s sustainability goals and applicable regulations.

 Eliminate plastic straws no later than January 1, 2019.
 Eliminate single-use plastic carryout bags no later than January 1, 2019.
 Replace single-use plastic items with materials that are reusable, locally compostable and/or recyclable.
 Eliminate single-use polystyrene (e.g. STYROFOAM™) food service items no later than January 1, 2021.
 Eliminate single-use plastic water bottles by January 1, 2023 or upon contract renewal if existing contract terms prohibit. A 25% reduction in single-use plastic water bottles purchased and supplied will be achieved annually."


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