Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.98
Liaison Michael Amadori
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 3.00 Michael Amadori
Sustainability Manager
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?:
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)?:
No

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

Utilization of Green Seal certified products (more than 90% of all cleaning products at HWS) that meet the standards and sustainability criteria for the appropriate categories (e.g. GS-37 for general purpose cleaners, GS-40 for floor-care products, and GS-41 for hand soaps)


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:

Selection (from Section 1.3) of guidelines from our Climate Action Plan:

A. All new construction and major renovations will require a “sustainable source” analysis for heat and electricity (ex. Geothermal, Wood Pellet System, solar, wind, etc.).

B. All new construction and major renovations will require an evaluation of technologies that minimize emissions.

C. New construction and major renovations will require a projection of annual emissions

i. The report must include associated ‘offset’ cost
ii. The report will be delivered to the Vice President of Finance and President of the Colleges.
iii. The report findings will be viewed as part of the annual operating expense of the building and budgets will be adjusted accordingly.

D. New construction and major renovations will use LEED 3.0 Energy and Atmosphere standards (above the minimum state/regional efficiency code), including the LEED 3.0 Enhanced Commissioning process. The Energy and Climate Committee will review success of efficiency standard after each project with the intent of increasing the efficiency standard in future projects.

E. Major new construction and renovations must be individually metered, tied into the campus building management system, and incorporate a live reporting system in a prominent location in the building.

Additionally, recent strategic planning efforts have committed HWS to pursue LEED requirements for all major projects.


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?:
No

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

On page 22 of our Sustainable Purchasing Guide (URL given below) it details how we purchase Prime Source Natural Roll Paper Towels made from unbleached, 100% recycled fiber certified by EcoLogo. The Colleges purchase approximately 1200 rolls per year. On page 33 it discusses our multi fold hand towels – made from 100% recycled fibers. They are certified EcoLogo and Green Seal Certified. Our bath tissues have no core to reduce paper usage and waste. Lastly, on page 34 you can see the napkins for the dining hall use the Xpressnap dispenser to reduce paper waste and are also 100% recycled.


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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