Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.23
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Oregon State University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Brandon Trelstad
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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:
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The policies, guidelines or directives:

OSU requires the following statement be contained in the Invitation to Bid: "Contractors will use recycled products, as defined in ORS 279A.010(1)(ii), to the maximum extent economically feasible in the performance of the Contract."

Additionally, section 307-002 (Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policies) of the Procurement and Contract Services Policy & Procedures Manual states:
When purchasing goods and services, Oregon State University will strive to balance short and long-term costs, maintenance, life cycle, and costs to the environment. Oregon State University is committed to identifying goods and services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing goods and services that serve the same purpose. This comparison may consider raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, and disposal of the product. Oregon State University is also committed to identifying companies that utilize environmentally preferable products and services. Companies that are able to supply environmentally preferable products and services (especially post-consumer recycled materials) that meet performance requirements will be encouraged to offer them in bids and proposals.

OSU is subject to the provisions in the Procurement and Contracting Code 580-061-0000 “Code of Ethics.” The Code of Ethics states that on an annual basis OSU employees in relation to OAR Chapter 580, Divisions 60, 61, 62, and 63 will sign a statement that the employee has reviewed and will comply with the OSU Code of Ethics. OSU provides an online tool so that employees responsible for procuring or contracting for goods and services may complete the necessary Ethics Statement which fulfills this OSU Standard. http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/pacs/resources/ethics

Contractors doing business with OSU through contracts issued by Procurement, Contract and Materials Management are held to standards that meet the intent of this credit. For example, BOLI Prevailing Wage Rates apply to contractors who contract with OSU on public works projects. The affirmative action, OSHA, Worker’s Comp., and sexual harassment language are incorporated into goods and services contracts that vendors and contractors enter into with OSU. Policies such as the ones for alcoholic beverages, smoking and weapons apply to OSU property and anyone on OSU property: http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/policies/osu-standards. The smoking policy specifically names contractors and consultants.

OSU's non-discrimination policies include protected status classifications that exceed local and state thresholds to include age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
http://oregonstate.edu/oei/discrimination-and-harassment-policies


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:

For major capital projects (new construction and major renovations), LCCA principles are applied and analysis is conducted by the professional design teams involved in the project. Typical equipment include air handlers, chillers, cooling towers, toilets, sinks and control systems. Minor capital improvement and maintenance activities typically do not involve LCCA.


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:

GCA Services, OSU's largest custodial contractor, has implemented a program that addresses all (GS-42) requirements. This program was considered with the solicitation for custodial services and helped GCA successfully secure the contract with OSU. Additionally, the OSU landscape shop follows IPM principles in minimizing use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.


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 OSU Construction Standards specify standards for certain commodities (like flooring and metering equipment) and building practices. These Standards also specify building to LEED Silver equivalent or better. http://fa.oregonstate.edu/cpd-standards


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)?:
No

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