Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.92
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date Dec. 21, 2018
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STARS v2.1

James Madison University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Catherine Weaver
Director
Procurement
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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:

Policy 1701: Sustainable Procurement
https://www.jmu.edu/JMUpolicy/policies/1701.shtml

As an example, the policy includes the following:
6.8 Packaging: Packaging that is reusable, recyclable or compostable is preferred, when suitable uses and programs exist, as is eliminating packaging or using the minimum amount for product protection to the greatest extent practicable.


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:

6.3 Cleaning Products, Chemicals, and Pesticides
e.g., Industrial and institutional cleaning products that meet Green Seal certification will be purchased or required to be used by janitorial contractors.
Policy 1701: Sustainable Procurement
See https://www.jmu.edu/JMUpolicy/policies/1701.shtml


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:

New construction and renovation of buildings shall be performed in accordance with the High Performance Building Act as outlined in section 6.1.3 of the JMU HECOM Specifically, when entering the design phase for: 1) construction of a new building greater than 5,000 gross square feet in size, or 2) renovation of a building where the cost of renovation exceeds 50 percent of the value of the building, the new construction and/or renovation shall be designed and constructed in accordance with either LEED, Green Globes, or VEES as outlined in the JMU HECOM.
Policy 1703: Sustainable Construction
See https://www.jmu.edu/JMUpolicy/policies/1703.shtml


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:

All desktop computers, notebooks and monitors purchased must meet, at a minimum, all Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) environmental criteria designated as "required" (bronze registration) or higher as contained in the IEEE 1680 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products.(http://epeat.net)
Electrical products purchased by JMU will meet the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR certification when possible.
All equipment and material shall conform to the standards of Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and bear the appropriate label. When acquiring or replacing inefficient interior or exterior lighting, energy efficient products will be purchased.
Policy 1701: Sustainable Procurement
See https://www.jmu.edu/JMUpolicy/policies/1701.shtml


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for professional services:

SWaM - Supplier Diversity Program
JMU provides opportunity, vendor outreach, and education to buyers. Buyers are instructed to "utilize SWaM certified vendors as much as possible."
https://www.jmu.edu/procurement/departmental-guide/03.shtml

2018 Annual SWaM (Small, Woman-Owned, and Minority-Owned businesses) Procurement Plan
https://www.jmu.edu/procurement/_files/jmu-current-fy-swam-plan.pdf


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:

Thirty percent or greater post-consumer recycled content paper for all applications will be the standard when quality of service is not compromised. Chlorine free paper and Forest Stewardship Council certified paper products are preferred.
Policy 1701: Sustainable Procurement
See https://www.jmu.edu/JMUpolicy/policies/1701.shtml


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:

6.4 Other Products
Vacuum cleaners that meet the Carpet and Rug Institute's "Green Label Testing Program-Vacuum Cleaner Criteria" (capable of capturing 96 percent of particulates measuring 0.3 microns and operating with a sound level less than 70dBA) will be used by in-house staff and required for janitorial contractors.
Policy 1701: Sustainable Procurement
See https://www.jmu.edu/JMUpolicy/policies/1701.shtml


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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