Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 34.87
Liaison Courtney Gallaher
Submission Date June 4, 2024

STARS v2.2

Northern Illinois University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00 Alyssa Edwards
Graduate Assitant
Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
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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:

Vendor Diversity: The university, students, and alumni seek to support and strengthen an economy with equitable opportunity for all. This includes members of historically underserved and marginalized communities. In alignment with our commitments to social justice and mutually beneficial community engagement, we strive to engage vendors and suppliers who reflect the community we serve. It is the policy of the state of Illinois and the university to promote and encourage the continuing economic development of businesses owned by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans. This goal is advanced through the Illinois Business Enterprise Program (BEP). The university encourages vendor diversity and participation of BEP vendors as both prime and subcontractors by posting relevant vendor information online, hosting and participating in diverse vendor networking networks, and intentional vendor mining and outreach as existing contracts approach renewal.


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:

Not applicable


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating chemically intensive products and services?:
No

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

Not Applicable


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:

Low Mercury Fluorescent Lamps: NIU Construction Standard 26 5100 requires compact and linear fluorescent lamps to be low mercury and pass the EPA Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) test for characteristic hazardous waste. Refer to the attached standard for additional information. Copy Paper The university standard for copy paper purchased and used on campus is either South Coast Paper Destiny paper or Office Depot brand EnviroCopy paper. South Coast Paper is a certified Illinois BEP vendor. Destiny brand paper is certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council and is an eco-friendly product. EnviroCopy brand paper contains 30% recycled content.


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:

Not Applicable


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating Information technology (IT) and equipment?:
No

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

Not Applicable


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:

Not Applicable


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:

Business Enterprise Requirement (BEP) Requirements It is the policy of the state of Illinois and the university to promote and encourage the continuing economic development of businesses owned by minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans. This goal is advanced through the Illinois Business Enterprise Program (BEP). The university encourages vendor diversity and participation of BEP vendors as both prime and subcontractors by posting relevant vendor information online, hosting and participating in diverse vendor networking networks, and intentional vendor mining and outreach as existing contracts approach renewal.


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Vendor Diversity: https://www.niu.edu/justice-equity-inclusion/vendor-diversity/index.shtml Illinois BEP: https://cei.illinois.gov/ Procurement Services and Contract Management: https://www.niu.edu/procurement/index.shtml NIU Construction Standards: https://www.niu.edu/facilities/aes/standards.shtml


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