Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 42.75
Liaison John Stolz
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Duquesne University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 3.00
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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?:
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:

As part of its responsible environmental stewardship efforts, Duquesne University has implemented a selection process that limits the VOC levels of the cleaning products, paints and other chemicals purchased by the University. An estimated 80% of the cleaning products used on campus are environmentally friendly, with low or no VOC content.

https://portal.duq.edu/web/home/index?search=/duqcentral/protected/intranet/search.jsp?query=sustainability

https://duq.edu/Documents/sustainability/_pdf/sustainability-report.pdf

Licensed and trained employees inspect campus lawns and plants daily and utilize adopted Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices in ornamental beds and lawn areas. Problem areas are treated with chemicals if significant concern rises for the health of the plant. The grounds crew uses a tree injection system, which treats our trees systemically, rather than spraying chemicals into the air.


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:

Duquesne University's fiscal and environmental responsibility purchases for our campus require the combination of performance, cost and green design. Green product design means that all stages of a product’s life cycle are developed to minimize negative environmental impact, including the products’ disposal. For example, office furniture and carpeting are considered in light of their recycled content, optimum safety standards and eco-friendly opportunities for recovery, reuse or recycling. Eco-friendly packaging also is considered at the time of purchase, as many materials used in the packages can be harmful to the environment. Examining the life cycle of the products we purchase is a way to prevent what we buy today from ending up in a landfill tomorrow and is another effort we take on.

Duquesne University's Facilities Website hosts the following policy: We will ensure that current new construction and renovation of existing space include sustainable design. We will manage these projects in a manner that provides the best combination of sustainable design and economic benefit to the University.


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?:
No

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