Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.70
Liaison David Gibson
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Hampshire College
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.75 / 3.00 Marge Dunehew
Procurement and Auxiliary Services Director
Business Office
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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:

Hampshire College's purchasing policy, see attached, gives preference to disadvantaged businesses as well as sets a priority for sustainable purchases of all products.

By applying rigorous standards for fire safety, the College ensures that well-constructed furniture is purchased and that cheaply-made, single-year use furniture is not, reducing the amount of furniture send to landfills.

In addition, the third-party vendors that operate the College's dining commons and Bridge cafe as well as the campus copy center were chosen because they met rigorous standards for environmental sustainability.

For example, Bon Appetit, a leader in food service sustainability, posts their environmental policies and initiatives here: http://www.bamco.com/sourcing/

and Ricoh, at the forefront of imaging technology and recognized for leadership on climate by being named to the Climate A List 2017 by CDP, posts their initiatives here: https://www.ricoh.com/sustainability/


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)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for chemically intensive products and services:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating construction and renovation products (e.g. furnishings and building materials)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for construction and renovation products:
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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:

Effective July 1, 2003, Hampshire College began purchasing 100% post-consumer content,
100% chlorine-free, recycled paper. This paper will be used campus-wide in all copiers and
office printers whenever possible. When not possible, for example, because of paper quality or prohibitive cost, paper that is 30% or higher post-consumer waste and 100% chlorine-free will be purchased.

Certain formal items, such as printed stationery and documents of the board of trustees, will continue to be printed on the paper the College has used historically in order to preserve consistency in the College’s external identity.
https://stars.aashe.org/media/secure/713/7/720/5998/Purchasing%20Policies.pdf

The College by policy buys only 100% post-consumer waste copier paper, except when operational needs require 30%.


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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