Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.18
Liaison Joseph Kahn
Submission Date April 20, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Central Michigan University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Morgan Hummon
Sustainability Advancement Graduate Assistant
Facilities Management, Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems
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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:

The University's Plant Engineering and Planning department employs Life Cycle Cost Analyses when considering the procurement of many new energy and water-using products and systems. These LCCA's are used in the consideration and decisions of purchasing. Moreover, these tactics allow CMU to make comprehensively educated and responsible procurement decisions, while maintaining fiscal responsibility.


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:

Central Michigan University abides by Certified Green Cleaning protocol. Please reference the link below for detailed specifications:

https://www.cmich.edu/fas/fmgt/pep/Documents/Green%20Cleaning%20Policy.pdf


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:

Within Plant Engineering design specifications, the general design requirements policy addresses sustainability requirements. Stated within this policy, CMU adheres to LEED certification standards with all Major new projects and renovations.


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:

Responsible Procurement: Environmentally Sensitive Purchasing Decisions

Below is a list of CMU Campus Dining’s sustainable efforts in the category of Responsible Procurement.

Reusable bags are available for purchase in the P.O.D. Market.

Disposable packaging for Meals 2 Go is made with Ingeo (tm) a 100% renewable material made from plants and compostable in municipal and industrial composting facilities.

All Styrofoam products, stored in the Residential Restaurants in the event of a dish machine malfunction, have been eliminated and replaced with paper products, and products manufactured from plants and modified with starch www.pactiv.com/products. Retail locations and the Catering department are also using similar products and have reduced the use of plastic and foam.

Office Paper purchased for printers and copiers is 30% post-consumer content, and vegetable ink is used wherever possible.

Other paper products, such as toilet tissue, facial tissue, paper towels and napkins are produced from 100% recycled materials www.gfs.com/en/products-our-brands/array.page.

Recycled toners and printer cartridges are used in all Campus Dining Office areas.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for wood and paper products:

CMU has a green cleaning policy that specifies the responsible use of paper products in all restrooms, campus wide. CMU tracks green paper products vs. non-green paper products to ensure that the specified target of 90% of all paper products purchased for custodial and restroom purposes is a green product.


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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