Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.54
Liaison Alex Miller
Submission Date March 6, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Carleton College
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Alexandra Miller
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Energy and Sustainability
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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:

These guidelines detail purchasing recycled products, local vendors, minority-owned or woman-owned businesses, and environmentally committed vendors. We encourage employees to purchase Energy Star appliances as well.


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:

Carleton evaluates energy conservation projects and energy/water aspects of new construction or renovations on the basis of LCCA. We do not, however, have a formal policy or procedure document to this effect.


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:

When we do need to apply herbicides to turf areas on campus to manage weed infestations - we are very sensitive to using chemicals that provide no negative effects on pollinators. We also apply materials very early in the morning where wind speed is virtually non-existent. This reduces or eliminates the risk of herbicide drift onto non-target plants. In the Design and Construction Standars, we try to "Maximize areas of landscape that increase plant/animal biodiversity and habitat while decreasing use of fuel, fertilizers and pesticides for maintenance"


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:

In our building construction standards for all construction, we outline various sustainability-related requirements including sustainable building requirements, stormwater management, water use efficiency, etc.

https://apps.carleton.edu/campus/facilities/assets/Construction_Design_Standards___January_2016.pdf


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?:
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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