Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 63.22
Liaison Jessica Russell
Submission Date Oct. 17, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Mount Royal University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

Sustainable Purchasing Guideline: Mount Royal University is committed to minimizing the negative impact of its operations on the environment. Supply Chain Services contributes toward this goal by assisting departments in the procurement of goods and services that fully meet or exceed business requirements while:

a. Minimizing resource consumption (including energy).
b. Reducing or preventing the generation or release of waste, greenhouse gases, and other pollutants to air, water and land.
c. Managing waste in an environmentally responsible manner.
d. Protecting health and well-being.


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:

It is standard practice at Mount Royal to employ LCCA for all operational products, systems, and components. Total Cost of Ownership is outlined in the Sustainable Purchasing Guideline, and prequalification of vendors are structured and awarded on overall value, including vendor sustainable practices, not just lowest price.


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:

Sustainability criteria are outlined in the LEED reference guides for both new (LEED Canada Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction, 2009) and existing buildings (LEED Canada for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance, 2009).

Mount Royal University, in conjunction with its cleaning contractor, Scot Young (Western) Ltd. have developed a Green Cleaning Policy for Mount Royal's newest building, the Riddell Library and Learning Centre. Chemically intensive products are evaluated by: Green Seal GS-37, Green Seal GS-40, Environmental Choices: CCD-110, CCD-112, CCD-113, CCD-115, CCD-146, CCD-147, CCD-148, and the California Code or Regulations Maximum Allowable VOC Levels.


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 province made a commitment on May 11, 2006, that new capital projects funded and supported by the Government of Alberta will achieve a minimum LEED Silver Certification rating. Consequently, all new construction and major renovation projects at Mount Royal are required to register and achieve Silver certification using version 4 of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) green building rating system (LEED v4).

http://www.infrastructure.alberta.ca/Content/docType486/Production/LEED_PD_Manual.pdf
http://www.infrastructure.alberta.ca/docType486/TechDesignRequirements.pdf
https://www.mtroyal.ca/AboutMountRoyal/Sustainability/LEEDBuildings/index.htm

LEED criteria can be found here: https://www.usgbc.org/credits


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)?:
No

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

Mount Royal University's Sustainable Purchasing Policy supplies guidelines for all purchases with minimal exemptions. Guidelines to consider related to transportation focus on the use of fuel efficient vehicles (later models if preferred) as well as using route optimization techniques for deliveries and other driving routes.


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:

Mount Royal University's Sustainable Purchasing Policy supplies guidelines for all purchases with minimal exemptions. Guidelines to consider related to wood and paper products include:

a) Disposal
b) Durability and re-usability - recycleable and/or made from recycled material
c) Local purchasing
d) Recycled content - amount of recycled content must be considered


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?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for other commodity categories:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

We don’t have a published policy that speaks to sustainable computer procurement, but we have always maintained vendors that are compliant with EPEAT standards in the Gold category.

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