Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.09
Liaison Ali Dutton
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Florida International University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University 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?:
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:

Most cleaning chemicals to clean our campus facilities bought by the Custodial Services Department are either Green SealTM certified products or carry the EPA “Design for the Environment” certification. We have partnered with 3M to provide a “Cleaned Green” program to all the buildings we service.
Great effort has been spend to reduce the amount of harsh and harmful ingredients in the cleaning chemicals we use.
All cleaning chemicals used by the Custodial Services Department are correctly blended by the use of chemical blend centers. This eliminates immediate contact with the chemicals and ensures proper dilution of the products and prevents over dilution as so often happens when people manually “eyeball” dilution ratios. This is extremely important as even “Green” products can be harmful if not properly used and properly diluted to the correct ratio for its intended use.
Most cleaning equipment used by the custodial services unit was purchased with the environment in mind. This means for example that all vacuum cleaners have HEPA filtration and carry the CRI Green Label (Carpet and Rug Institute) certification; all carpet extraction equipment uses 50% less water than previous models and have dual operating modes (low moisture modes) for further reduction in energy and water usage: all floor scrubbers use 50% less water than previous models (Considering that we have a little over 2 million cleanable square feet of carpeted areas alone, this means a significant reduction in water usage); hard floor burnishers have HEPA filtration: and last but not least HOT water is no longer used in our cleaning process which is an additional reduction in energy use.

http://facilities.fiu.edu/Documents/Operations/FMD_CUSTODIAL_SERVICES_RECYCLING_PROGRAM_OUTLINE_NOV2013.pdf


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:

FIU is committed to build all new construction to a minimum of USGBC LEED Silver certification. The practice was adopted in 2007 when former President, Modesto Maidque signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. All buildings funded and built thereafter have met this criteria. The LEED scorecard address environmental standards for 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:
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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?:
Yes

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

All office paper purchased by FIU has to adhere to a 30% recycled content minimum.


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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