Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.07
Liaison Cary Gaunt
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Keene State College
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 John Lorette
Digital Learning Consultant
Digital Learning
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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:
The policies, guidelines or directives:

SUSTAINABILITY STATEMENT
The following Sustainability Statement is included in every request for proposals, qualifications or other bids that the University issues:
USNH and the CPA strive to conduct business in a sustainable and energy efficient manner. This is an effort to balance economic priorities with environmental health and human health. USNH will, when economically feasible, do business with companies that can further our sustainable objectives. We are interested in receiving environmental mission statements or information about any programs or policies that have to do with sustainable issues. These programs or policies can be, but are not limited to, reducing, reusing and recycling resources, disposal of organic and other solid waste, conservation efforts in regards to transportation, energy and water, disposal of hazardous waste, and/or giving back to the community. USNH also prefers to purchase items with Energy Star™ ratings. If applicable, please include as part of your bid, pertinent information in reference to any sustainable and/or energy efficient practices and products offered by your Firm."
VENDOR CODE OF CONDUCT
In addition, we have a Vendor Code of Conduct that specifies a requirement to adhere to environmentally, socially and economically sound practices. That code is as follows:
"The University System of New Hampshire (USNH) is dedicated to maintaining excellence and integrity in all aspects of its educational and business activities. The trust of the community we serve -- our students and their families, our trustees and staff, our business associates, and the general public -- is vital to the image and economic success of our institution. In keeping these core values, we depend upon the responsible, law- abiding, and morally correct behavior of all vendors we conduct business with.
The USNH has Vendor Code of Conduct describes the fundamental ethical and behavioral principles that govern all vendors who do business with any of our institutions. We expect all vendors to honor this commitment and abide by the provisions of this Vendor Code of Conduct as a condition of doing business with USNH.
In doing business with USNH, our vendors and their representatives are expected to:
Engage in legally-compliant and ethically-sound behavior during the course of business;
Promote fair and respectful interaction with University personnel and third parties;
Display a commitment to the environment and to society;
Be committed to workplace and product safety;
Reject all forms of discrimination & harassment;
Display professionalism, fairness, and reliability in all business relations.
It is the responsibility of each vendor to ensure that its representatives understand and comply with the USNH Vendor Code of Conduct.
Further, participation in conduct or practices that violate the terms and spirit of this Vendor Code of Conduct may result in termination of a vendor’s business relationship with USNH."
http://unh.edu/purchasing/USNH%20Vendor%20Code%20of%20Conduct.pdf


Does the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) when evaluating energy- and water-using products and systems?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the institution’s use of LCCA?:
Institution employs LCCA as a matter of policy and standard practice when evaluating all energy- and water-using products, systems and building components

A brief description of the LCCA policy and/or practices:

LCCA is used when evaluating plumbing fixtures in residence halls. The college recently used LCCA to justify replacing all residential shower heads to a low-flo device.

UNH uses life cycle cost analysis on our energy efficiency projects as well as when a new construction project includes energy modeling, which is the case for most large capital construction projects.


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:

Keene State College (KSC) specifies a preference for sustainability and "green" products in College RFPs. All include the USNH Sustainability Statement identified in Part 1, as well as specific criteria. For chemically intensive products and services, the College seeks green certified products that are protective of human and environmental health. This becomes an important criteria by which vendors are selected, which is the reason the College chose C&W Services, because of their commitment to green cleaning that matched the College's sustainability ethic. C&W was the selected vendor because they primarily use green certified products and other sustainability considerations described in the C&W Services Green Cleaning Standard Operating Procedures provided in this section (see Additional Documentation). Furthermore, campus grounds are managed organically as described in OP-9.
GREEN CLEANING
C&W offers both CIMS and CIMS-GB certification (i.e., the World Wide Cleaning Industry Association (ISSA) Cleaning Industry Management Standard, and CIMS for Green Buildings). This is important for KSC as indicated in Part 1 of this section--all procurement bids include a sustainability statement and it is taken very seriously by the College's Procurement team. The Campus Purchasing Director, Renee Harlow, is also a member of the College's President's Council for a Sustainable Future. The full list of green cleaning materials and guidelines for green cleaning is provided in the attached pdf - "Green Cleaning Program" (see "Additional Documentation"). 85.71% of cleaning supplies are purchased from a certified Green Cleaning list. For general information on the C&W Green Cleaning Program see: https://cwservices.com/the-benefits-of-our-industry-leading-green-cleaning-program.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating consumable office products?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for consumable office products:

Below is the criteria for recycled paper requirements from the most recent RFP issued by USNH for paper procurement:
Recycled Paper Requirements
USNH uses 100%; 50% and 30% Postconsumer Recycled, Process Chlorine Free, white bond office paper for System-wide use in copiers, inkjet & laser printers, and fax machines. There are also occasions where non-recycled (virgin) copy paper is required. Total approximate annual 8 ½ x 11 white copy paper usage at all locations is 8282 cases. However, each location’s individual usage and participation may vary. The figures provided are estimates based upon USNH’s Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11) usage and are provided as an estimate only. USNH cannot guarantee the exclusivity or quantity of future paper purchases.
2.1.1 100%; 50% and 30% Postconsumer (white)
2.1.1.1 Process chlorine free
2.1.1.2 Basis weight: 20#
2.1.1.3 Brightness: 85 or better
2.1.1.4 Size: 8 1/2 x 11
2.1.1.5 Sheets per case/carton: 5000
2.1.1.6 Specification sheets for each paper must be included with bid
2.1.1.7 Colored paper only must contain a minimum of 30% postconsumer recycled content.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating furniture and furnishings?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for furniture and furnishings:

Keene State College has a Sustainable Buildings published guide that details sustainability goals for building design, construction, and operation. These same guidelines indicate College preferences for building supplies and maintenance--the KSC ethic is to achieve the equivalent of LEED Silver or better. As related to furniture and furnishings, the College strives to purchase products good for student health (e.g., low to no off-gassing). The relevant language from the KSC Sustainable Building Guidelines is "Indoor Environmental Quality. Typical paints, carpets, and other building materials can be sources of indoor chemical emissions, contributing to poor air quality. Sustainability here means using non-toxic materials inside buildings to minimize off-gassing of chemicals and contribute to a safe and healthy indoor environment. These benefits of a good indoor environmental quality may likely also extend to the performance, retention and productivity of Keene State College’s students, faculty and staff." (See the following url for more information: http://www.keene.edu/office/purchasing/assets/documents/finished-building-standards/download/).


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:

All IT bids include the UNH Sustainability Statement.
In addition, they enumerate specific criteria depending on the product type. For example, in the July 2017 bid for computer purchases for the UNH computer store, the following language is included:
"Energy Efficient Program
All desktops, laptops, and computer monitors provided under this contract are required to have achieved Bronze registration or higher in the EPEAT system in the United States of America. USNH prefers products that have achieved EPEAT Silver or better.
If applicable, bidders should describe their energy efficient program(s). Bidders must identify any products that are not EPEAT-registered. In addition, describe how equipment is identified as energy efficient on the units and on the web site.
Reporting
The University will request quarterly reports (in Excel format) from the Firm on an ongoing basis. These include but are not limited to the following:
Purchases
Detail on all University orders including returns and credits. Include the following columns:
§ University or Personal purchase
§ Campus making the purchase
§ Customer name (ordering department name)
§ Customer address
§ University purchase order number
§ Date order was placed
§ Order Number
§ Invoice Number
§ Invoice Date
§ Date the order has been paid
§ Line description
§ Whether the product ordered is a University standard configuration
§ EPEAT Registration Status
§ Net sales (gross sales minus returns)"
To see the entire RFP, visit http://www.unh.edu/purchasing/bid-docs.html


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food service providers?:
Yes

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

Below is the dining-specific Sustainability Statement that Keene State College/USNH includes in all of our Food Service related RFP's:
"Sustainability Statement
USNH strives to conduct business in a sustainable and energy efficient manner. This is an effort to balance economic priorities with environmental health and human health. USNH will, when economically feasible, do business with companies that can further our sustainable objectives. We are interested in receiving environmental mission statements or information about any programs or policies that have to do with sustainable issues. These programs or policies can be, but are not limited to, buying locally grown or produced products, organic and all-natural products, reducing, reusing and recycling resources, disposal of organic and other solid waste, conservation efforts in regards to transportation, energy and water, reduced packaging, “green” cleaning, disposal of hazardous waste, and/or giving back to the community. USNH also prefers to purchase items with Energy Star™ ratings. If applicable, please include as part of your proposal, pertinent information in reference to any sustainable and/or energy efficient practices and products offered by your Firm."


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:

Our architecture and engineering firms are required to be well-versed in LEED certification and prepared to comply with green building practices. They are required to abide by, and include in their project management plans and practices, the tenets of the UNH Construction Guidelines which integrate sustainability and require all building projects to be LEED Silver equivalent or better.

Also, our investment managers are required to be well-versed in ESG investing, per the policy adopted by the UNH Foundation Asset allocation committee, which states that "...the Committee will incorporate analysis of the environmental, social and governance characteristics of the prospective investment managers as a component of manager selection and monitoring process."


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

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