Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.89
Liaison Julie Newman
Submission Date Oct. 23, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 MIT Office of Sustainability
Director
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?:
Yes

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

MIT has equal opportunity and affirmative action programs designed to give small businesses and small-business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (minority, women, or disabled businesses) full access and opportunity to participate in MIT’s procurement activities. MIT seeks to develop broader guidelines spanning commodity categories that promotes material-related impacts via purchasing.


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 less comprehensively, e.g. for certain types of systems or projects and not others

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

MIT employs LCCA as a matter of policy and standard practice when evaluating system-wide capital investments that have an energy impact. In order to do so, MIT uses an internally developed life cycle cost analysis tool to support decision-making, particularly in areas of energy and GHG emissions.


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:

The MIT Department of Facilities has published sustainability criteria relating to the purchasing and use of chemically intensive cleaning chemicals, equipment, and pest control services. These criteria include promoting the purchasing of Ecologo and GreenSeal cleaning products and the implementation of a low-impact integrated pest management plan. The pest management plan outlines practices to use the least toxic chemical pesticides available, minimize the amount of chemicals used, and treat areas that target exposure to unintended species. MIT Green Cleaning Program guide is found here: https://sustainability.mit.edu/resource/mit-green-cleaning-program-2014


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:

Sustainable Design Standards:

MIT has developed and uses the MIT Sustainable Design Standards (http://web.mit.edu/facilities/environmental/index.html ). These standards are based on LEED V4 and require a minimum of Gold Certification for all new construction and major renovation projects. At a minimum, projects are required to pursue Materials and Resources credits for Building Product Disclosure and Optimization for each of the following:

- EPDS (Option 1, Explore Option 2),
- Sourcing or Raw Materials (Explore options 1 and 2), and
- Material Ingredients (Option 1, Explore Option 2).

Furnishings:

In addition, the MIT Working Green Program offers some guidance to help administrative staff make more sustainable purchasing decisions of furniture.

http://web.mit.edu/workinggreen/buy/atmit.html


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:

MIT's Working Green Program guides support and administrative staff with criteria and
processes for driving more sustainable behaviors. The program has nearly 100 ambassadors across the campus who contribute to the greening of MIT's departments, labs and centers (DLCs).

MIT Working Green provides a web based criteria and considerations for purchasing IT products and supplies including EPEAT.

http://web.mit.edu/workinggreen/buy/atmit.html


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food services (i.e. franchises, vending services, concessions, convenience stores)?:
Yes

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

MIT has established a list of preferred campus caterers. Selection as a preferred caterer depends on a caterer meeting sustainable practices criteria including use of reusable flatware, serving dishes, plates, tablecloths and composting services. MIT's procurement of campus-based concessions includes sustainability criteria as part of the request for proposal process.

https://adminconnect.mit.edu/news/mit’s-new-preferred-caterers-offer-discounts-all-orders


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:

Yes, MIT has recently issued a consultant qualification process for professional services that seeks information about each firm's sustainability and environmental programs related to internal sustainability goals, supply chain considerations, and sustainability governance.

https://campusplanning.mit.edu/RFQs


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:

No, MIT does not have published sustainability criteria relating to transportation and fuels outside of equal opportunity and affirmative action programs.


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:

For wood, MIT has developed and uses the MIT Sustainable Design Standards. These standards are based on LEED V4 and require a minimum of Gold Certification for all new construction and major renovation projects. At a minimum, projects are required to pursue Materials and Resources credits for Building Product Disclosure and Optimization for each of the following:

- EPDS (Option 1, Explore Option 2),
- Sourcing or Raw Materials (Explore options 1 and 2), and
- Material Ingredients (Option 1, Explore Option 2).

http://web.mit.edu/facilities/environmental/index.html

For paper, MIT's internal copy and print vendor, CopyTech, applies sustainability criteria to its purchasing of paper products by purchasing FSC Certified 30% recycled paper for all of the copiers and printers it operates throughout the MIT campus.

https://copytech.mit.edu/about-us


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:

Office Supplies:

The MIT Working Green Program publishes sustainability purchasing criteria on office supplies. The criteria listed below are available online at http://web.mit.edu/workinggreen/buy/atmit.html.

"Think outside the box when ordering green office supplies! MIT does have an extensive selection through Office Depot, but if you don’t see what you’re interested in, try the EcoEasy product selection from Staples, W.B. Mason’s Green Products Selection, or the Office Max line of green products.

MIT's eCAT system offers volume discount purchasing through Office Depot! Shop the Office Depot Green Book online (link is on the left navigation bar of MIT's Office Depot site) or go to SAPweb.

Recommended products include:

- Office Depot® Brand Envirocopy™ Recycled Copy Paper, item # 940650
- Pendaflex® Earthwise® 100% Recycled Hanging File Folders, Office Depot SKU: 938555
- 3M Post-it® Recycled Paper Notes, 3" x 3", Assorted Pastel Colors, Office Depot SKU: 404079
- Use the "Find Printer Supplies" tab on the left navigation bar. Find and select the remanufactured toner cartridge
that fits your printer.
- Seventh Generation non-toxic household/office cleaning products. Working Green encouraged Office Depot to green the cleaning supplies selection. You can order directly from Office Depot's ECAT site."


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