Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.39
Liaison Lynn Stoddard
Submission Date Dec. 31, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Eastern Connecticut State University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Daniel Simpson
Environmental Intern
Institute for Sustainable Energy
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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:
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The policies, guidelines or directives:

SET-ASIDE CONTRACTS (§§ 58 & 59)
The state set-aside program requires state agencies and political subdivisions
(other than municipalities, under prior law) to set aside 25% of the total value of all
contracts they let for construction, goods, and services each year for exclusive
bidding by certified small contractors. The agencies must further reserve 25% of
the set-aside value (6.25% of the total) for exclusive bidding by certified minority
business enterprises (MBE). The act requires contractors awarded “municipal public
works contracts” to comply with these requirements if the (1) contract includes state financial assistance and (2) total contract value exceeds $50,000. The setaside
amount is based on the value of the state’s financial assistance for the
contract (i.e., at least 25% of the amount of state assistance must be set aside for
small contractors, and at least 6.25% must be reserved for MBEs, respectively).


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:

Required Documentation to Verify Compliance with Specifications and Standards: Cleaning Chemicals
If a product is Green Seal or EcoLogo certified and is listed on their website(s) as such, no proof of certification needs to be submitted.
If a product is Green Seal or EcoLogo certified and is not listed on their website(s) as such, Bidders are required to submit a copy of the product's certificate.
All certificates (if any) and manufacturer letters for Subcategories A-F, must be scarmed and submitted as one PDF document (named
If a product is CFP A certified, a copy of the certificate must be submitted.


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:

New buildings and additions are required to comply with the High Performance Building Standards of the State of Connecticut. This relates approximately to a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver Certified minimum rating or equivalent. The new Fine Arts Instructional Center will be LEED Silver. The Planning Team encourages Eastern to strive for this highest level of sustainability in building design and energy use feasible within the project budget, including potentially Net Zero Energy. This approach is in keeping with Eastern’s leadership advancing sustainability and environmental stewardship


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)?:
Yes

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

The University has policies contained in the RFP (Request for Proposal) that is publicly posted when we go out to bid every 10 years to obtain a food service provider. The RFP contains the language that “ Eastern Connecticut State University is a Green Campus and as such requires it’s food service provider to comply with the green standards of the university and to list their green initiatives that will be adhered to while in contract with the university.

Please note that the best I can provide is a blurb from the Compass Group/ Chartwells response to my RFP that is allowable under the Confidential & Proprietary restriction where they address sustainability on p.67 of supplement 2.

Information provided by Theresa O'Brien, Director of Fiscal Affairs for Acquisitions & Auxiliary Services.

Around 2017, current our food service provider, Chartwells, submitted their proposal to continue serving us. In their proposal, Chartwells demonstrated their commitment to sustainability, (thus complying with our RFP's green requirements) citing their recent sustainability achievements with Eastern--such as going trayless in the dining halls and starting a food recovery program to donate leftover food to the local soup kitchen, and citing their continual sustainability initiatives--such as purchasing sustainably-sourced seafood and fair-trade coffee.


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)?:
Yes

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

25% of the total value of all contracts they let for construction, goods, and services each year for exclusive bidding by certified small contractors. The agencies must further reserve 25% of the set-aside value (6.25% of the total) for exclusive bidding by certified minority business enterprises (MBE). The act requires contractors awarded “municipal public works contracts” to comply with these requirements if the (1) contract includes state financial assistance and (2) total contract value exceeds $50,000. The setaside
amount is based on the value of the state’s financial assistance for the contract (i.e., at least 25% of the amount of state assistance must be set aside for small contractors, and at least 6.25% must be reserved for MBEs, respectively).


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Information provided by Associate Director For Acquisitions, Cindy Hodis; Theresa O'Brien, Director of Fiscal Affairs for Acquisitions & Auxiliary Services; and ECSU Master Plan. Input by Dan Simpson.

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