Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Marcela Marín Arias
Submission Date Sept. 17, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Marcela Marín Arias
Coordinadora Sistema de Gestión Ambiental
Ciencias Ambientales y de la Construcción
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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:

We have a format that lists environmental criteria for sustainable purchases. Also, we comply with the conceptual and methodological guidelines for sustainable public procurement developed by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia.


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:

- We have safety data sheets in compliance with NTC 4435 criteria.
- The products must be labeled according to the Globally Harmonized System.
- The detergents must highly biodegradable (more than 60%).
- The concentrations of phosphorus and surfactants in the detergents must respect the limits established by national regulations.
- The cleaning products should not contain components referred to as “very toxic” for aquatic organisms.
- Suppliers must train employees in the use, dilution process, and adequate disposal of cleaning substances.
- Suppliers must have a post-consumer program for the correct final disposal of product packaging.


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 contracting company must comply with the requirements established in the Social and Environmental Management Manual for Construction Works by Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá.
- The company is responsible for the storage and final disposal of the special waste generated (rubble, wood) observing national regulations.
- The company must manage the (domestic and non-domestic) wastewater generated.
- The company must ensure that noise levels and emissions into the air do not affect the environment or human health.


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 ITM purchases equipment that meets the following characteristics:
- Low energy consumption (Energy Star or its equivalent)
- Mercury-free (Hg) LCD monitors
- Suppliers must have a post-consumer program to make use of the electrical and electronic waste.
- Computer equipment should come with an extended warranty period (compared to the same equipment in its category).
- Equipment with SSD (solid-state drive) technology is preferred.


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for transportation and fuels:

- Fuel sellers must be licensed to operate and meet environmental requirements.
- We buy cars with low fuel consumption per kilometer driven.
- We purchase cars equipped with diesel engines, which consume less gasoline than other vehicles. The company that maintains the cars must guarantee the correct handling and final disposal of waste.


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 ITM prefers to buy refillable markers, biodegradable paper, and that produced from recycled material or sustainable forestry. The paper must have ecological characteristics, the pencils are produced with recycled plastics, the ring binders and folders are made of recycled cardboard, and the products we buy do not have excessive packaging.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for other commodity categories:

CRITERIA FOR BATTERIES: Low heavy metal content, high durability, and preferably rechargeable. The seller must have a post-consumer program.
CRITERIA FOR COOKING OILS: The seller and the company that collects the waste oil must be registered before the environmental authority and comply with Resolution 0316 of 2018.
CRITERIA FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE: The hazardous waste management company must have a permit issued by the environmental authority for waste transport and storage, in accordance with Decree 1076 of 2015.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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