Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.81
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 28, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Florida Gulf Coast University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Rick Pence
Associate Director
Procurement Services
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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:

VENDOR CODE OF CONDUCT-SUSTAINABILITY
Florida Gulf Coast University regards our supplier base a critical and necessary extension of our operations and the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability. To that end, the University has created the FGCU Supplier Code of Conduct. This code is a statement of Integrity that the University expects from its entire supplier base, contractors, consultants, vendors and agents.

In addition to the University’s commitment to sustainability we encourage our suppliers to: Comply with local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Operate with sustainable business practices and commit to the responsible use of environmental resources in the production, operation, and distribution of their product(s). Minimize waste. Recycle and reuse product material where necessary. Conservation in the use of packaging materials. Proper management of operations that may harm the environment such as ensuring waste discharges are monitored, and use of earth friendly products. Water and energy use reduction and conservation methods are implemented. Memberships in trade organizations that encourage the use of sustainability practices. Obtaining “green” certifications as applicable to operations and support of earth friendly initiatives. Stewardship of product life cycle as applicable to product line(s).
These principles outline a wide range of sustainability factors that Procurement Services considers when assessing and evaluating supplier relationships and are designed to work in conjunction with sustainability requirements included in University solicitation documents, purchase order terms and conditions, standard statements and contracts.


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 a requirement of our custodial contracts, vendors may only use Green Seal certified cleaning products. Additionally, a liquid ozone machine is used to eliminate chemical use altogether in certain housing areas.

Integrative Pest Managment is used to limit chemical applications in maintaining campus grounds.


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:

Major Projects for new construction are required to follow the LEED rating system to achieve a minimum LEED Silver Certification. Under LEED BD+C: New Construction v4, there are three categories for Building Product Disclosure and Optimization.These are worth 2 points each for a total of 6 points in all and are as follows:

1) Environmental Product Declarations https://www.usgbc.org/node/2616376?return=/credits/new-construction/v4/material-%26amp%3B-resources

2) Sourcing of Raw Materials https://www.usgbc.org/node/2616388?return=/credits/new-construction/v4/material-%26amp%3B-resources

3) Material Ingredients https://www.usgbc.org/node/2616399?return=/credits/new-construction/v4/material-%26amp%3B-resources

LEED manual states,“ the Materials and Resources (MR) credit category focuses on minimizing the embodied energy and other impacts associated with the extraction, processing, transport, maintenance, and disposal of building materials. The requirements are designed to support a life-cycle approach that improves performance and promotes resource efficiency.”

In accordance with our policy to always achieve LEED BD+C Silver or higher, we utilize these guidelines as much as possible for sourcing construction and renovation products.


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:

Looking at vendors' capabilities to provide energy efficiency imaging equipment was a component of their evaluation when developing a new imaging equipment contract. As a result, the following machines are now on our campus, and they carry the environmental specifications listed below:

Xerox VeraLink 7025- EPEAT Gold, ENERGY STAR 2.0 qualified, and Blue Angel
Xerox AltaLink B8045- ENERGY STAR 2.0 qualified
Xerox AltaLink B8065- EPEAT Gold, ENERGY STAR 2.0 qualified, and Blue Angel
Xerox AltaLink C8030- EPEAT Gold, ENERGY STAR 2.0 qualified, and Blue Angel
Xerox AltaLink C8045- EPEAT Gold, ENERGY STAR 2.0 qualified, and Blue Angel
Xerox AltaLink B8075- EPEAT Gold, ENERGY STAR 2.0 qualified, and Blue Angel


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 following sustainability expectations were listed in our Invitation to Negotiate posted on June 15, 2015:

SUSTAINABILITY EXPECTATIONS
(1) Respondents shall provide a sustainability program that reflects the University’s position as a national leader in sustainability efforts. Particular emphasis should be placed on the purchase and transport of food, preparation, disposal, innovation and education.
(2) At a minimum consideration should be given to the following:
(a) Sourcing for healthy people, ecosystems, and economies through campus and regional engagement
- Meet the dietary needs of a diverse student body.
- Use of local and community-based food and products carrying third-party certification to ensure responsible product sourcing.
- Offer a variety of protein balanced, plant-based meals as well as vegan options.
- Provide and promote healthy food options at all dining facilities through food quality, presentation, programming, and price incentives.
-Options to utilize items grown on campus.
-Use Green Seal certified (or equivalent) cleaning products and implement Green Cleaning policies and procedures for all operations.
(b) Campus Culture
- Sustain and expand academic partnerships.
- Actively participate in the University community through appropriate committees and events.
(c) Waste Minimization
-Minimize all aspects of solid waste reduction including recycling, composting, and food donation to decrease waste stream volume.
- Dispose of cooking fats and oils through recycling efforts.
- Implement potable and waste water reduction procedures in cooking and cleaning.
- Purchase bulk items whenever possible.
- Purchase of recycled content service products, offer reusable container incentives, and provide trayless dining.
(d) Facilities & Vehicle Efficiencies
- LEED certification of both existing building and new building operations.
- Operate and purchase hybrid and/or alternative fuel low emission vehicles as applicable.
(3) Vendors shall establish a comprehensive tracking system for all sustainability activities to assist in meeting the -
University’s goals, especially as they relate to the Sustainability, Tracking, Rating & Assessment System (STARS), American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, and any other sustainability reporting.

Chartwell's was awarded the contract with FGCU and the Business Operations department worked with the Sustainability Manager established annual Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to assess how well Chartwell's is integrating sustainability into their operations.

These KPIs are as follows:
-60% of all foods are fresh (made on site from whole products). This pertains to Resident Dining and Catering.
-Participation in the Real Food Challenge (RFC) – 20% of food purchases meet RFC criteria by 2020 and increase by an additional 5% annually thereafter until 60% is achieved.
-Exceed University goals in relation to the Sustainability, Tracking, Rating & Assessment System (STARS).
-Data for STARS and sustainability reporting metrics for the FGCU Sustainability Dashboard will be delivered at pre-established intervals (quarterly, biannually, or annually depending on the project needs).
-All food items will be labeled with nutritional facts and as gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, local, 3rd party certified when needed.
-All locations will provide no less than one alluring vegetarian and vegan entrée per meal.
-Animal products from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and seafood that is not on the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch’s Green List will comprise less than 30% of the institution’s total dining services food purchases.


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:

Design consultants for new construction Major Projects are required to have previous experience and to provide services to help achieve a minimum LEED Silver Certification. Such requirements are listed in solicitation materials and in contract agreements.


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:

As per our custodial contract language, all paper towels on campus are made from 100% recycled content. Please see OP-13 for details.

As shown in OP-14, office paper purchasing decisions are made at the discretion of individual departments.


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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