Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.38
Liaison Careen Arsenault
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Cornell University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Tom Romantic
Sr. Director
Supply Management
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Does the institution have written policies, guidelines or directives that seek to support sustainable purchasing across commodity categories institution-wide?:

A copy of the policies, guidelines or directives:
The policies, guidelines or directives:

Policy 3.25, Procurement of Goods and Services (attached) includes Environmentally Preferred Procurement, Supplier Diversity, and Relationships with Suppliers. In addition, procedures are described in Buying Manual section 408 Sustainable Purchasing, section 505 Small and Diverse Business Programs, section 506 Cornell Sustainable Campus, and section 507 Surplus Program.

In addition, Prevailing wage language used for state owned and funded buildings on campus is:
2.4 Prevailing Wage
As stated in New York State EXHIBIT A, vendor is required to pay prevailing wage. Prevailing wage rates shall apply to onsite trade labor that includes physical connection and or installations of infrastructure as classified by the Department of Labor (DOL) per PRC#2012008932, dated October 22, 2011. Certified payrolls shall be submitted in accordance DOL regulations. Please note that the entire prevailing wage package is included with the bid documents.

Does the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) when evaluating energy- and water-using products and systems?:

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:

LLC is part of the CU Design and Construction Standards that are required for projects which will consume water and/or energy. The LLC helps Facilities determine which equipment and systems to spec. Cornell Facilities often (as part of LEED) spec very energy-efficient and water-efficient systems that help us meet our LEED goals. LCC typically mostly helps us analyze things that represent “stretch” opportunities.

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)?:

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for chemically intensive products and services:

Our green cleaning policy is attached under the optional portion of this credit.

Regarding landscaping and grounds maintenance, the goal of Integrated Pest Management at Cornell University is to manage pests and the environment, balance costs, benefits, public health and environmental quality. Implementation of IPM will:
• Use various methods to control pests including proper cultural care as part of the grounds maintenance program.
• Provide consistent framework for making decisions.
• Reduce risks to the environment, public and applicator.
• Keep abreast of all available information about site, specific pests, host, threshold tolerances, natural predators and environment.

Only if pesticide use is deemed necessary, products are selected for efficacy with low toxicity choices utilized. Whenever possible, applications will be scheduled during times with least opportunity for student/staff/visitor exposure; breaks and vacations.

Policy Statement
Integrated pest management is a decision-making process which Cornell University employs in its sustainable approach to controlling insects, weed, plant pathogens and other pests through the use of biological, physical and chemical means. This methodology minimizes the risk to human health and the surrounding environment.
The University utilizes a system of regular inspection and maintenance of its grounds and buildings and follows these general principles:
• Conduct regular inspection of plant resources and buildings for early detection of pests and other maladies to limit scale of treatment.
• Actively engage in preventative measures to reduce chemical use.
• Conduct ongoing evaluation of chemicals used to minimize applications and maximize effectiveness of applications as well as identification of new options.
• Schedule treatments to minimize potential impacts on campus activities.
• Use of only knowledgeable and licensed professionals for chemical applications that are deemed necessary.

Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating construction and renovation products (e.g. furnishings and building materials)?:

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for construction and renovation products:

Summary: Green Building Guidelines
For the purpose of this Guideline, a Green Building at Cornell is a building designed to minimize adverse environmental impacts and be sustainable as measured by the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
Cornell University requires all new buildings and major renovations to meet “LEED/30” standards. “LEED/30” means that new buildings and major renovations must be certified to at least LEED Silver level and must, without consideration for supply side energy systems use not more than 70% of the ENERGY required for building operation as determined by the LEED modeling protocols described in Section 018130 – Energy Modeling Guidelines. Where practical, projects should strive to achieve a 50% energy savings using the same methodology. Analyze costs and project impacts of reaching this goal so that Cornell staff can determine final energy goals based on ROI.
LEED certification must be third party reviewed.
Cornell will assign a Cornell LEED Representative to each project to assist with Green Building process and certification. At a minimum, Cornell’s LEED Representative can help document campus-wide programs and practices which help earn LEED credit
Each Project must have a documented workshop at the start of the project to work point-by-point through the LEED rating system and energy use intensity design goals.
Architect/Engineer shall be responsible to verify products for applicable LEED criteria during the submittal process, and to reject products that do not meet established LEED project requirements.

Summary: Energy Guidelines
Cornell has committed to reducing carbon emissions associated with campus energy use and transportation, with the ultimate goal of achieving a “carbon neutral” campus. To achieve this goal energy consumption has been reduced across campus by new buildings and renovations.
The buildings are designed to reduce operating costs. Because of the uncertainty of energy prices and the lifetime of typical components, life cycle costing for energy purposes should typically be done over a 20-year period, not 60 years. Simple payback can be used with flat energy costs to provide a quick check on applicability of energy saving measures. The Architect and Engineer are expected to optimize the design for the lowest life- cycle cost.
Buildings should be designed to meet New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code, New York Building Code and referenced International Codes, Energy Conservation in New Building Design, ASRAE 90 (current version), and Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, ASHRAE 62 or current version. (Should a new ventilation standard be accepted, design to it.). In areas where the codes contradict, use the more energy conserving code.
The Engineer shall model all HVAC designs in order to provide energy information for life-cycle cost analysis as detailed in Section 018130 – Energy Modeling Guidelines
Mechanical systems should have an occupied/unoccupied mode which should be remotely controlled from the central Energy Management Control System through an override command. Thermostats should also have a night/ unoccupied mode. Variable air volume systems shall always be the minimum design without special approval. All general use spaces (large common office spaces, atria, gyms, teaching rooms, lobbies, halls, etc.) shall have demand controlled ventilation. Equipment rooms shall not be cooled using chilled water without written approval from Energy & Sustainability. In addition, transformer rooms shall always be cooled with convection flow of outside air. Refrigeration systems for growth chambers, food storage, and cold storage must be remote air cooled with condensing units located in machine rooms utilizing louvers and propeller fans for outside air supply/exhaust. Do not use campus chilled water for this application without special approval, which requires the use of an isolating plate and frame heat exchanger.
For Electrical Systems, transformers should not require fan cooling under normal load and shall be cooled with convention flow of outside air. Lighting designers shall evaluate and work to include the use of diffuse day lighting controlled by manual or motorized shades, or light harvesting skylight and light tubes

Summary: Energy Modeling Guidelines
The objective is to inform design decisions that guides towards the University’s goal for building performance. As part of the Climate Action commitment, Cornell is also establishing energy utilization (use) intensity (EUI) targets, with units of kbtu/sf/yr, for new buildings and facilities undergoing significant renovation.
Energy modeling will be a tool throughout the design process to make choices that support climate neutrality. The process will also be used for LEED certification and energy cost for budget planning.
Cornell prefers that modelers use eQuest or Open Studio, DOE based energy modeling software packages, to execute energy models and use TMY/2 climate data for Binghamton, NY for projects on the Ithaca Campus.

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)?:

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for IT products and services:

Cornell Procurement Services has negotiated contracts with the specific suppliers to provide computers, networking equipment, peripherals, and miscellaneous computing accessories from specific manufacturers and suppliers.Cornell’s preferred suppliers for computer hardware provide products that are ENERGY STAR compliant and meet Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT®) silver and/or gold standards. Cornell prefers to purchase EPEAT Silver or higher computers and monitors. See https://www.dfa.cornell.edu/procurement/buyers/commodities/computers.

Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food services (i.e. franchises, vending services, concessions, convenience stores)?:

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

Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating garments and linens?:

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for garments and linens:

Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating professional services (e.g. architectural, engineering, public relations, financial)?:

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

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)?:

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for transportation and fuels:

Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating wood and paper products?:

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

Cornell University supports research, scholarship, and the practical application of knowledge that address achieving a sustainable world for all. The university's specific commitment to campus sustainability is formalized in the 2010-2015 Cornell University Strategic Plan. The plan calls for sustainability to be a guiding principle in all campus operations. As such, Cornell:
• Gives preference to, and anticipates requirement of, materials which meet Green Guard Indoor Air Quality Control.
• Gives preference to vendors offering materials which are FSC Certified.
• Gives preference to NON-panel hung work surfaces (and other ancillary furniture pieces), except in cases where panel hung work surfaces are already in place.
• Gives preference to component based furniture.
• Gives preference to furniture with easily replaceable parts.
• Gives preference to, and anticipates requirement for LED lighting.
• Gives preference to easy to clean surfaces and upholstery.
• Gives preference to furniture with long-term warrantees.
• Gives preference to vendors who can offer repurposed material.

2)  Environmental and Supplier Diversity Profiles
5.1 Environmental Preferable Purchasing
Cornell University's pledge of support and participation from all levels of the campus in protecting the environment and building a sustainable future (one in which its environment, natural resource base, and the functions and viability of natural systems is protected) is a challenging yet desirable and attainable goal. The Procurement Services recognizes the positive impact that it can make on the environment through its purchasing decisions. It is our goal to increase our acquisition of environmentally preferable products and services to the extent feasible, consistent with price, performance, availability and safety considerations. In direct response to this question, suppliers should comment on how they are integrating these same principles into their manufacturing processes as well as the goods and services that they are producing. Some examples of the areas in which suppliers may wish to provide comments: recyclable content, pre- and post- consumer waste use and content, recycling of used customer products, energy efficiency, biodegradability, hazardous waste minimization, resource conservation, renewable power.
Disagree (If disagree, explain here.)

5.2 Environmental Policy
Please outline what the manufacturer's policy is towards environmental concerns. Identify practices make your company stand out compared to your competitors.

5.3 Environmental Production Practices
Please outline what the manufacturer is doing to address production concerns from an environmental standpoint. For example, alternative power sources are being utilized, waste reduction in the production process, etc. Identify the split of recycled versus recyclable and non-recyclable materials for products. Please outline anything that may address this category.

5.4 Environmental Certifications
Please explain what awards or certifications the manufacturer has attained due to environmental friendly programs.

5.5 Environmentally Friendly use of Partnerships
Please identify environmental requirements that your company imposes on its suppliers to do business with your company.

5.6 Environmentally Friendly Transportation
Identify what has your company done to provide the most efficient and eco-friendly transportation means to the University.

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?:

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for other commodity categories:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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