Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Darcy Coughlan
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2021

STARS v2.2

Coastal Carolina University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.75 / 3.00 Darcy Coughlan
Associate Director
Sustain Coastal
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Does the institution have written policies, guidelines, or directives that seek to support sustainable purchasing across multiple commodity categories institution-wide?:
Yes

A copy of the policies, guidelines or directives:
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The policies, guidelines or directives:
South Carolina implemented an environmentally preferred purchasing policy in 2009 to assist state agencies and other local governments. As a state institution, CCU complies with these purchasing policies. From the S.C. Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy: South Carolina state government seeks to further reduce the environmental and human health impacts of its operations by integrating environmental considerations into its procurement process. South Carolina state government is committed to environmentally preferred purchasing in recognition of the need to more efficiently use natural resources, reduce waste, save money, sustain markets for materials collected in recycling programs and protect South Carolina's environment, economy and the quality of life of all its citizens. Therefore it is the policy of the state of South Carolina to endeavor to: • improve or implement green purchasing practices that reduce waste and result in the purchase of fewer products, when practicable and cost effective, without reducing the safety or quality of the products; • make purchasing decisions with the understanding and consideration of the environmental impact and life cycle cost of a product or service during its manufacture, transport, use and end-of-life management; • identify and purchase products and services that prevent pollution, eliminate or reduce toxins, conserve energy and water, contain recycled-content material and minimize environmental impacts; and • purchase from South Carolina businesses to minimize transportation costs and emissions, when it can be done with adequate competition and without compromise of performance or quality of products or services. This Policy applies to all South Carolina state agencies and publicly funded colleges and universities and others defined as governmental bodies per SC Code Section 11-35-310(18) (www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t11c035.php). Vendors, contractors and grantees will comply with applicable sections of this policy for products and services that are provided to the state of South Carolina. All purchases under this policy are subject to local, state or federal requirements as applicable. Nothing in this policy should be construed as requiring a state agency or publicly funded college or university to procure products that do not perform according to their intended use or reduce safety, quality, or effectiveness. https://scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/S.C.%20Environmentally%20Preferred%20Purchasing%20Policy.pdf Source: https://scdhec.gov/green-purchasing-state-contracts

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:
From the S.C. Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy: "make purchasing decisions with the understanding and consideration of the environmental impact and life cycle cost of a product or service during its manufacture, transport, use and end-of-life management" (p. 1) Section 3 (pg. 3-4) 3. ENERGY AND WATER SAVINGS 3.1 Purchase energy-efficient equipment with the most up-to-date, economically feasible and proven energy efficiency functions. This includes, but is not limited to, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, high-efficiency motors and equipment controls. 3.2 Purchase appliances and equipment that meets or exceeds the EPA's Energy Star standards and have the Energy Star label (www.energystar.gov). 3.3 Replace non-energy efficient lighting; including interior and exterior lighting, street lighting and traffic signal lights with energy-efficient equipment and bulbs. 3.4 Replace, as required by law (S.C. Energy Efficiency Act, Section 48-52-640), incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs when the incandescent bulb needs to be replaced. 3.5 Purchase water-saving products, including but not limited to, high-performance fixtures like low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, tankless water heaters, low-flow faucets and aerators as well as faucets with motion-activated sensors. When possible, purchase products receiving EPA’s WaterSense designation (www.epa.gov/watersense).

Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating chemically intensive products and services?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for chemically intensive products and services:
From the S.C. Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy, Section 4 (pg. 4-5): 4. POLLUTION PREVENTION AND TOXICS REDUCTION 4.1 When making a choice among comparable products, purchase products whose production and use involve fewer hazardous materials. 4.2 Purchase cleaning products that meet the Green Seal certification (www.greenseal.org). Require vendors to adopt green cleaning practices. 4.3 Require that all surfactants and detergents be biodegradable and not contain phosphates. 4.4 Purchase building products, such as paint, carpet, adhesives, furniture and casework, with the lowest amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), highest recycled content, and low or no urea formaldehyde. 4.5 Purchase paper products that are unbleached or that are processed without chlorine or chlorine derivatives. 4.6 Purchase soy-based ink for printing. Include the use of soy-based ink in printing contracts. 4.7 Do not purchase products that use polyvinyl chloride (PVC) such as, but not limited to, office binders, furniture, flooring and medical supplies. 4.8 Purchase rechargeable instead of single use batteries. 4.9 Specify that desktop computers, notebooks and monitors purchased or leased meet, at a minimum, the bronze standard of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) environmental criteria (www.epeat.net). 4.10 Purchase replacement vehicles as required by SC Code Section 1-11-310 (www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t01c011.php), that are less-polluting alternatives and cleaner operating models such as hybrid, bio-diesel, hydrogen, fuel cell, or flex-fuel vehicles and encourage and track the use of alternative fuels. 4.11 As a practice in Integrated Pest Management, purchase chemical controls only as a last resort. Purchase and use pesticides only after monitoring indicates they are needed and treatments are designed with the goal of removing only the target organism

Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating consumable office products?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for consumable office products:
From the S.C. Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy, Section 4 (pg. 4-5): 4. POLLUTION PREVENTION AND TOXICS REDUCTION 4.1 When making a choice among comparable products, purchase products whose production and use involve fewer hazardous materials. 4.2 Purchase cleaning products that meet the Green Seal certification (www.greenseal.org). Require vendors to adopt green cleaning practices. 4.3 Require that all surfactants and detergents be biodegradable and not contain phosphates. 4.4 Purchase building products, such as paint, carpet, adhesives, furniture and casework, with the lowest amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), highest recycled content, and low or no urea formaldehyde. 4.5 Purchase paper products that are unbleached or that are processed without chlorine or chlorine derivatives. 4.6 Purchase soy-based ink for printing. Include the use of soy-based ink in printing contracts. 4.7 Do not purchase products that use polyvinyl chloride (PVC) such as, but not limited to, office binders, furniture, flooring and medical supplies. 4.8 Purchase rechargeable instead of single use batteries. 4.9 Specify that desktop computers, notebooks and monitors purchased or leased meet, at a minimum, the bronze standard of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) environmental criteria (www.epeat.net). 4.10 Purchase replacement vehicles as required by SC Code Section 1-11-310 (www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t01c011.php), that are less-polluting alternatives and cleaner operating models such as hybrid, bio-diesel, hydrogen, fuel cell, or flex-fuel vehicles and encourage and track the use of alternative fuels. 4.11 As a practice in Integrated Pest Management, purchase chemical controls only as a last resort. Purchase and use pesticides only after monitoring indicates they are needed and treatments are designed with the goal of removing only the target organism

Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating furniture and furnishings?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for furniture and furnishings:
From the S.C. Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy, Section 1 (pg. 2) & Section 4 (p. 4-5) (see above sections): STANDARDS These standards have been adopted to assist purchasers in fulfilling their obligations of this policy. The standards listed below should not be considered a complete list. Purchasers are encouraged to go beyond these standards. 1. SOURCE REDUCTION 1.1 Purchase products that are durable, long lasting, reusable or refillable. 1.2 Purchase remanufactured products such as toner cartridges, tires, furniture, equipment and automotive parts, but without reducing safety, quality, effectiveness or the warranty that supports the original product. 1.3 Consider short-term and long-term costs in comparing product choices. This includes an evaluation of the total costs expected during the time the product is owned including, but not limited to, acquisition, extended warranties, operation, supplies, maintenance, and end of life management. 1.4 Request vendors to reduce packaging or use the minimum amount necessary for product protection. 1.5 Request vendors that cannot eliminate packaging to use packaging that is reusable, recyclable or able to be composted in existing recycling programs. 1.6 Assign high priority to products that are manufactured by companies that take financial and/or physical responsibility for collecting, recycling or, reusing as well as safely managing their products and packaging at the end of their useful life. 1.7 Request vendors to provide information on the manufacturer's recycling services when products are available that have established manufacturer-financed recycling programs. 1.8 Require that surplus or outdated electronic equipment, including but not limited to, computers, monitors, printers and copiers, be designated for reuse or recycled under the requirements of the state contract for managing electronic equipment (www.procurement.sc.gov/files/contracts/Electronic). 1.9 Consider leasing Information Technology equipment (i.e., computer hardware, printers, mail machines) under the requirements of the state term contract for equipment recycling. (www.procurement.sc.gov/agency/contracts/information-technology)

Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating Information technology (IT) and equipment?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for Information Technology (IT) and equipment:
From the S.C. Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy, Section 1 (pg. 2) & Section 4 (p. 4-5) (see above sections): STANDARDS These standards have been adopted to assist purchasers in fulfilling their obligations of this policy. The standards listed below should not be considered a complete list. Purchasers are encouraged to go beyond these standards. 1. SOURCE REDUCTION 1.1 Purchase products that are durable, long lasting, reusable or refillable. 1.2 Purchase remanufactured products such as toner cartridges, tires, furniture, equipment and automotive parts, but without reducing safety, quality, effectiveness or the warranty that supports the original product. 1.3 Consider short-term and long-term costs in comparing product choices. This includes an evaluation of the total costs expected during the time the product is owned including, but not limited to, acquisition, extended warranties, operation, supplies, maintenance, and end of life management. 1.4 Request vendors to reduce packaging or use the minimum amount necessary for product protection. 1.5 Request vendors that cannot eliminate packaging to use packaging that is reusable, recyclable or able to be composted in existing recycling programs. 1.6 Assign high priority to products that are manufactured by companies that take financial and/or physical responsibility for collecting, recycling or, reusing as well as safely managing their products and packaging at the end of their useful life. 1.7 Request vendors to provide information on the manufacturer's recycling services when products are available that have established manufacturer-financed recycling programs. 1.8 Require that surplus or outdated electronic equipment, including but not limited to, computers, monitors, printers and copiers, be designated for reuse or recycled under the requirements of the state contract for managing electronic equipment (www.procurement.sc.gov/files/contracts/Electronic). 1.9 Consider leasing Information Technology equipment (i.e., computer hardware, printers, mail machines) under the requirements of the state term contract for equipment recycling. (www.procurement.sc.gov/agency/contracts/information-technology) Section 4: 4.9 Specify that desktop computers, notebooks and monitors purchased or leased meet, at a minimum, the bronze standard of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) environmental criteria (www.epeat.net).

Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food service providers?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for food service providers:
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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 service providers?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for professional service providers:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating transportation and fuels?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for transportation and fuels:
From the S.C. Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy, Statement of Policy (pg. 1) Therefore it is the policy of the state of South Carolina to endeavor to...purchase from South Carolina businesses to minimize transportation costs and emissions, when it can be done with adequate competition and without compromise of performance or quality of products or services." 4.10 Purchase replacement vehicles as required by SC Code Section 1-11-310 (www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t01c011.php), that are less-polluting alternatives and cleaner operating models such as hybrid, bio-diesel, hydrogen, fuel cell, or flex-fuel vehicles and encourage and track the use of alternative fuels.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable procurement program or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
S.C. Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy: https://scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/media/document/S.C.%20Environmentally%20Preferred%20Purchasing%20Policy.pdf https://scdhec.gov/green-purchasing-state-contracts https://procurement.sc.gov/osp/green#ditem-537 https://www.coastal.edu/procurement/sustainable/

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