Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.98
Liaison Briar Schoon
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Portland Community College
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Stephania Fregosi
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management Services
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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:

In accordance with the Oregon Community College Rules of Procurement, member colleges are committed to the use and purchase of environmentally and socially responsible materials and products which are fiscally responsible, reduce resource consumption and waste, perform adequately and promote human health and well-being. Recognizing their regional economic role, colleges shall seek opportunities to educate, encourage, and influence their respective markets by utilizing, where feasible, products and services including new environmentally preferable products, reusable products, recycled content and recycled products.


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:

Planning and Capital Construction requires LCCAs for mechanical systems proposed for major renovations and new 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:

Facilities Management has adopted the following policies: "Integrated Pest Management, also known as IPM, is a process for achieving long-term, environmentally sound pest suppression through a wide variety of tactics. Control strategies in an IPM Plan include structural and procedural improvements to reduce the food, water, shelter, and access used by pests. Since IPM focuses on remediation of the fundamental reasons why pests are here, pesticides are only used when necessary."

"Cleaning products and materials, including hard-floor and carpet-care products, used at PCC Campuses and Centers shall, when possible, meet the requirements of IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning, Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials.

Product types subject to these requirements include, but are not limited to, bio-enzymatic cleaners, hard-floor cleaners, carpet cleaners, general-purpose cleaners, specialty cleaners, odor control, disinfectants, disposable custodial paper products and trash bags, and hand soaps.

· The use of cleaning products that meet the Green Seal GS-37 standard for general-purpose, bathroom, glass and carpet cleaner use for industrial and institutional purposes
· Green Seal GS-40 standard for industrial and institutional floor-care products
· Other cleaning/sanitizing products must meet one or more of the following:
o Meet ECOLOGO (formerly Environmental Choice Program CCD) standards (www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/businesses/environment/services/ELmark/)

o Comply with California Code of Regulations, Title 17 Section 94509, maximum allowable volatile organic compound (VOC) levels.

· Paper products should be composed of I00% recycled content (including post-consumer waste) and be of sufficient quality to maintain tenant comfort.
· All disposable custodial paper products and trash bags meet the minimum requirements of the U.S. EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
· Reduction of overall use of liners is a primary goal.
· Hand soaps meet one or more of the following standards:
Green Seal Certified
ECOLOGO certified"

The college has also signed onto the Healthy Purchasing Coalitions commitment: "Preference for Flame Retardant-Free Furnishings."


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:

Minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled content in sanitary paper products
Minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content in Print Center fleet


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:

FMS specifies flame retardant-free furnishings (where feasible) in new construction and remodels and applies. FMS staff considers the entire life cycle of the product, from materials to disposal. This is in the design standards in Appendix A, 01 81 13 a and b (Sustainability Standards for LEED buildings and Sustainability Standards for Non-LEED Buildings). https://www.pcc.edu/bond/standards/

The college has also signed onto the Healthy Purchasing Coalitions commitment: "Preference for Flame Retardant-Free Furnishings.

PCC's Design Standards explicitly refer to PCC's Sustainability Guidelines for Purchasing for criteria regarding furniture and furnishings, in Appendix C through both the 01 81 13a supplement for Sustainability for LEED and the 01 81 13b supplement for non-LEED buildings (under 5,000 square feet). PCC's Design Standards may be found at https://www.pcc.edu/bond/standards/. More detailed preferences are given for furniture, fabrics and finishes in PCC's Sustainability Guidelines for Purchasing, pages 25-27.

When purchasing furniture, PCC and Facilities Management Services employees give preference to furniture that contains recycled content or sustainably harvested bio-based materials; is made from 100% Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood; is refurbished, is Cradle to Cradle certified, and/or is sourced (extracted, manufactured, and purchased) within
100 miles of the campus. FMS also frequently repurposes and reuses furniture on campus through our surplus program.


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:

ENERGY STAR appliances (where applicable) in new construction and remodels
EPEAT Certified computers and monitors in IT purchases

In addition, the college has published design criteria for design and construction that have established sustainability criteria and preferences for Energy Star Appliances and EPEAT certified computers.


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:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating professional service providers?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for professional service providers:
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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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Additional information can be found on the bond website: https://www.pcc.edu/bond/standards/

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