Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.46
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Connecticut College
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Margaret Bounds
Assistant Director of Sustainability
Office of 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:
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Does the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) when evaluating energy- and water-using products and systems?:
No

Which of the following best describes the institution’s use of LCCA?:
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A brief description of the LCCA policy and/or practices:
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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:

The College has a stated preference for Green Seal-Certified products in the Sustainable Operations Policy.


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 College has a stated preference for sustainable building materials and recycled materials in the Sustainable Building Policy.
The college also uses the following criteria for construction and renovation materials (as stated in the Sustainable Operations Policy):
Adhesives and sealants will have volatile organic compound (VOC) contents that are within
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines;
Paints and coatings have VOC emissions not exceeding VOC and chemical component limits of EPA guidelines;
Non-carpet floor finishing meets the requirements of Green Seal -37;
Carpet meets requirements of Carpet and Rug Institution (CRI) Green Label Plus Carpet Testing;
Program and carpet cushion meets requirements of CRI Green Label Testing Program; Composite panels and agri-fiber products contain no added urea-formaldehyde resins.


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?:
Yes

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

Our new Printer Paper Sustainability Guideline (adopted start of FY18) states "when selecting and purchasing paper for copiers and printers preference should always be given to paper that contains at least a 30% recycled content." This criteria is published on the college landing page of our contracted office supply partner, WB Mason, and is presented in mandatory p-card training.


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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