Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.33
Liaison Kristy Howell
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2022

STARS v2.2

Johnson County Community College
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Kristy Wittman Howell
Sustainability Education and Engagement Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have written policies, guidelines, or directives that seek to support sustainable purchasing across multiple commodity categories institution-wide?:
Yes

A copy of the policies, guidelines or directives:
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The policies, guidelines or directives:

The following language is included on all RFBs and RFPs:

In support of the college’s signing of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, the college’s Procurement Services Office is dedicated to applying principles in all procurements to the maximum degree as practical in order to procure products and services that promote the minimization of environmental impact and the conservation of energy during the entire life cycle of products.

The college will give favorable consideration to the procurement of products and services that support these aforementioned standards and that do not have negative residual impacts on the environment at the end of their useful lives. Favorable consideration will be given to those vendors who support these standards as well.


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?:
Yes

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

Point #2 of the criteria above relate to chemically intensive products and services:

2. Share the responsibility with all College employees of identifying new and environmentally friendly products and services, using criteria established by widely recognized authorities (eco-labels such as Energy Star, EPEAT, Green Seal, Fair Trade, etc.), with the goal to eliminate carcinogens, mutagens, and teratogens;


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating consumable office products?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for consumable office products:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating furniture and furnishings?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for furniture and furnishings:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating Information technology (IT) and equipment?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for Information Technology (IT) and equipment:

Points #2, #4, and #6, and #8 relate to IT purchasing:

2. Share the responsibility with all College employees of identifying new and environmentally friendly products and services, using criteria established by widely recognized authorities (eco-labels such as Energy Star, EPEAT, Green Seal, Fair Trade, etc.), with the goal to eliminate carcinogens, mutagens, and teratogens;

4. In an effort to preserve natural resources, strive to procure energy efficient equipment, water saving products, and seek alternative energy sources from reliable, certified alternative energy suppliers;

6. When feasible, work with suppliers in the areas of reduction/reuse/take-back of packaging materials, identify alternative methods of delivery, and specify take-back of obsolete products in solicitations;

8. Routinely evaluate replacement needs and waste management practices (recycling); encourage reuse of items within the College community; practice source reduction; manage surplus effectively; and provide consistent and relevant information and training for all staff.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food service providers?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for food service providers:
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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 service providers?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for professional service providers:

The following statement is included in all RFPs and RFBs:

In support of the college’s signing of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, the college’s Procurement Services Office is dedicated to applying principles in all procurements to the maximum degree as practical in order to procure products and services that promote the minimization of environmental impact and the conservation of energy during the entire life cycle of products.

The college will give favorable consideration to the procurement of products and services that support these aforementioned standards and that do not have negative residual impacts on the environment at the end of their useful lives. Favorable consideration will be given to those vendors who support these standards as well.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating transportation and fuels?:
No

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

Points #4 and #5 of our general purchasing statement inform regular purchases of more efficient and alternative fueled automobiles:

4. In an effort to preserve natural resources, strive to procure energy efficient equipment, water saving products, and seek alternative energy sources from reliable, certified alternative energy suppliers;
5. Purchase from suppliers who provide environmentally friendly products/services or from suppliers who are environmentally sensitive in their daily operations;


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable procurement program or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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