Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.41
Liaison Jeremy King
Submission Date March 23, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Denison University
OP-15: Inclusive and Local Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jeremy King
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of the President
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated intent to support disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local community-based businesses?:

A copy of the policy, guidelines or directive governing inclusive and local purchasing:

The policy, guidelines or directive governing inclusive and local purchasing:

Yes. Denison is actively committed supporting local community based businesses maintaining and enhancing a positive Town and Gown relationship. A fair amount of funds are used to purchase food from local restaurants and Ross' Market. The Granville Lumber Company is used frequently by maintenance as is the NAPA store. Less frequent purchases are made from the smaller shops and businesses.

In general, preference is giving to local businesses and social enterprises in the RFP process. The college also maintains long-standing relationships with a number of local businesses for regular purchases and maintenance.

Maintenance uses a number of contractors and suppliers in the Newark area for painting, electrical & plumbing work, paving, concrete work, as well as for general construction.

All major construction projects utilize local central ohio contractors except when project expertise cannot be found locally e.g. our new field turf at our stadium.

To our knowledge none of the local businesses are classified as "disadvantaged" and we don't know if other suppliers, not in Granville, are classified as disadvantaged or social enterprises. If any, the percentage of purchases is probably very low from either of these classes.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (inclusive and local expenditures)?:

The percentage of total purchases from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises and/or local community-based businesses:

The website URL where information about the institution’s inclusive and local purchasing policies and/or program is available:

Denison maintains an internal password protected website where most of this information resides. Public access web pages have limited information on this topic.

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