Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.50
Liaison Elaine Durr
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Elon University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Elaine Durr
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:

Elon has a Green Cleaning Program that includes the following requirements under Cleaning Chemicals:
Cleaning chemicals must be Green Seal certified (Green Seal Industrial and Institutional Cleaners, GS-37 or Industrial and Institutional Floor-Care Products, GS-40), certified under the EcoLogo Program of Environmental Choice or have the EPA’s Safer Choice label (previously Design for the Environment, DfE).
If a particular product type is required and not available with the above certifications, then a product will be selected that is Green Seal recommended. If Green Seal recommended is not available, then a product will be selected that is “Environmentally Preferable” (GS-42) per Green Seal Environmental Standard for Cleaning Services.
Wherever possible, ready-to-use products shall be replaced with systems that can safely convert economical concentrations into ready-to-use solutions using re-usable containers.
The use of disinfectants shall be minimized and used only when needed at primary contact points (i.e., bathroom sinks, toilets, etc.).
Hand soaps do not contain antimicrobial agents (e.g. Triclosan).

The Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines also have criteria for chemically intensive products and services in the Toxics and Pollution section.


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 University's Sustainability Design Standards for Construction include sustainability criteria for products, such as recycled content, regional materials and low VOC products. These are also in the Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines.


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)?:
Yes

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

The Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines identify EPEAT labeled as a criteria for electronics. The Energy Conservation Policy identifies Energy Star or EPEAT labeled as a criteria for computers.


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:

Elon is an affiliate of the Fair Labor Association, promoting fair and decent conditions in the production of goods bearing the university’s logo.


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:

The Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines include a preference for products with post-consumer recycled content and wood products that originate from forests harvested in an environmentally sustainable manner.


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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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Elon University encourages the use of minority owned, women owned and small businesses by providing a list to faculty and staff of such businesses previously utilized by Elon on the Purchasing Department website.

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