Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.33
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Dec. 10, 2018
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California State University, Northridge
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
2.75 / 3.00 Austin Eriksson
Sustainability Program Manager
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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:

The CSU Sustainability Policy & the Integrated CSU Administrative Manual (ICSUAM) establishes Environmentally Preferred Purchasing and Use practices that are applicable to all California State Universities. California State University, Northridge (CSUN), including, but not limited to, all auxiliary and enterprise operations, is committed to implementing Environmentally Preferred Purchasing and Use practices that meet or exceed CSU’s goals, working within the University’s budgetary, regulatory and programmatic constraints.

CSU Sustainability Policy
Sustainable Procurement
1. Campuses will promote the use of suppliers and/or vendors who reduce waste, re-purpose recycled material, or support other environmentally friendly practices in the provision of goods or services to the CSU under contract. This may include additional evaluation points in solicitation evaluations for suppliers integrating sustainable practices.

2. To move to zero waste, campus practices should: (1) encourage use of products that minimize the volume of trash sent to landfill or incinerators; (2) participate in the CalRecycle Buy-Recycled program or equivalent; and (3) increase recycled content purchases in all Buy-Recycled program product categories.

3. Campuses shall continue to report on all recycled content product categories, consistent with PCC § 1215
3-12217 and shall implement improved tracking and reporting procedures for their recycled content purchases.

CSUN recognizes our impact as a major purchaser of goods and services. As such, the University gives preference to environmentally friendly products whose quality, function, and cost are equal or superior to more traditional products. This policy aims to:
- conserve natural resources
- minimize pollution
- reduce the use of water and energy
- eliminate or reduce environmental health hazards to workers and our community
- support strong recycling markets
- reduce the quantity of materials that are landfilled
- increase the use and availability of environmentally preferable products
- support locally produced goods and services
- educate ourselves, our vendors, and our end users

Contractors
All University contracts include CSU General Provisions which include requirements in the following categories:
Covenant Against Gratuities
Nondiscrimination requirements (including clauses in all subcontracts)
Compliance with NLRB Orders
Drug-Free Workplace Certification
Forced, Convict, Indentured and Child Labor
Recycled Content Certification
Child Support Compliance Act
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Expatriate Corporations
DVBE (Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise) and Small Business Participation
A complete listing of general contract provisions is available at http://www.calstate.edu/csp/crl/gp/gp.shtml
Construction contract provisions are available at http://calstate.edu/cpdc/CM/CGC.shtml
CSU Owner Controlled Insurance Program requires that “Contractor and subcontractors, of any tier, have the explicit responsibility to perform work in accordance with state and local laws, ordinances, codes, regulations and the CIP Safety Manual, affecting Safety and Health.”
Additional information about CSU Contractor safety is available at - http://www.calstate.edu/cpdc/CM/documents/CSUSafetyStandards.pdf
Prevailing wage
CSU requirements for contractors to pay prevailing wage are available at https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB4QFjAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.calstate.edu%2Fcpdc%2Fcm%2FLabor_Compliance%2FLC_Checklist.doc&ei=Qy2EVYmXGczxoATJzLKQCw&usg=AFQjCNHuvhgJl8WyZ7YD6uglPG_CXLNbbA&bvm=bv.96339352,d.cGU&cad=rja
Energy purchases

CSU sustainability policy states “The CSU will endeavor to exceed the State of California and California Public Utilities Commission Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPA) sooner than the established goal of procuring 33 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020.”


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 as a matter of policy and standard practice when evaluating all energy- and water-using products, systems and building components

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

This is a CSU Policy through the State University Administrative Manual. http://www.calstate.edu/cpdc/suam/

Section 17 in the above link speaks directly to LCCA.
"When replacing energy consuming and/or utilities infrastructure equipment, the most cost-effective models will be selected. Life cycle costing procedures, instead of first capital cost only, will be utilized as the basis for all future equipment selection. All possible efforts will be made to secure additional funding if required to effect lowest life-cycle procurement."


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:

CSUN has a Green Cleaning Program that covers all custodial cleaning products.


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 CSU Sustainability Ploicy has a section on Sustainable Building Practices.
1. All future CSU new construction, remodeling, renovation, and repair projects will be
designed with consideration of optimum energy utilization, low life cycle operating costs,
compliance with all applicable energy codes (enhanced Title 24 energy codes) and
regulations. In the areas of specialized construction that are not regulated through the current energy codes, such as historical buildings, museums, and auditoriums, the CSU will ensure that these facilities are designed to consider energy efficiency. Energy efficient and sustainable design features in the project plans and specifications will be considered in balance with the academic program needs of the project within the available project budget.
2. Capital Planning, Design and Construction in the Chancellor’s Office shall monitor building sustainability/energy performance and maintain information on design best practices to support the energy efficiency goals and guidelines of this policy. The sustainability performance shall be based on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles with consideration to the physical diversity and microclimates within the CSU.
3. The CSU shall design and build all new buildings and major renovations to meet or exceed the minimum requirements equivalent to LEED “Silver.” Each campus shall strive to achieve a higher standard equivalent to LEED “Gold” or “Platinum” within project budget constraints. Each campus may pursue external certification through the LEED process.


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:

The CSU Sustainability Policy has a section on IT and electronics purchasing is also covered under CSUN's Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy.
Where possible, purchasing decisions shall favor:
Computers and other electronic devices that are Energy Star Rated and EPEAT registered.
Printers and Copiers Specific Requirements:
- All printers and copiers purchased for routine office tasks should include duplex capability. The duplex feature should be enabled as the default when installed and remain enabled for as long as it remains at CSUN.
- The Purchasing Department and Information Technology (IT) will identify a suite of ENERGY STAR© product options that will print duplex for both printers and copiers and that will work efficiently and hold their warranties in place while utilizing 30%, 50% and 100% post-consumer waste recycled content paper.
CSUN's Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy: https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/900-18.pdf


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for transportation and fuels:

There is a section in CSUN's Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy that covers Transportation and Fuels:
Alternative Fuel/Ultra Efficient Vehicles
- Departments planning to purchase or lease vehicles are to consider and balance need,
vehicle duty, fuel type, availability, the CO2 impact of the vehicle and the alternative fuel
and/or ultra-efficient standards, and cost. The vehicle selected for purchase or lease
should have the lowest CO2 impact (preferably all electric or hybrid), while meeting
performance and budgetary constraints.
- CSUN will routinely assess the need for electric vehicle charging stations on campus and
develop strategic plans for their location, including incorporating them into new parking
lot construction projects or major parking lot renovations as justified.


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:

There is a section in CSUN's Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy that covers paper, preferred types, recycled content, etc.

Paper
- Virgin paper, paper with no recycled content, should not be purchased.
- At minimum, 30%-50% post-consumer waste and recycled content paper should be
used for routine office tasks.


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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