Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.96
Liaison Stephanie Corbett
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Case Western Reserve University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:
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The policies, guidelines or directives:

Within the updated Procurement Policy a new section on Sustainable Purchases. This policy was established in January 2009 and updated in April 2014 and is undergoing another revision currently. The Sustainable Purchases section reads:
Preference should be given to products and services that conserve natural resources and protect the environment to the extent practicable and economically feasible. Purchase of products that are ENERGY STAR certified in all areas for which such ratings exist is required.


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:

LCCA is used on new construction and major renovations. CWRU facilities and campus planning works with engineering and design contractors to do an energy model and BTU and cost budget for building systems or when evaluating system options. The LCCA is used in addition to first cost evaluations.


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:

Green building new construction and renovation standards are available online and required to be used by vendors. They specify project goals and certain products that need specified like water saving bathroom fixtures and water bottle filling stations.


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:

Energy Star products are required, high EPEAT levels are preferred


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:

CWRU specifically chose Bon Appetite because of their sustainability corporate mandates. Other preferred catering vendors also are required to attend a sustainability training workshop and to meet certain basic sustainability standards outlined in their contract. Page three of the preferred vendor catering agreement (item 14) encourages vendors to purchase local food and use green event practices.


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)?:
Yes

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

The CWRU Supplier Diversity Initiative Council's mission is to make doing business with CWRU more accessible to minority populations. The Council works to expand opportunities for minority and women-owned enterprises looking to provide goods and services to the University. The link below is the policy statement of the council.

https://case.edu/procurement/media/caseedu/procurement/documents/university%E2%80%99s-supplier-diversity-policy-statement.pdf


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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