Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.04
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Temple University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Kathleen Grady
Director of Sustainability
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:
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The policies, guidelines or directives:

Use of Minority or Women Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Vendors
Temple University is committed to dealing with all suppliers with an ethical manner to support and encourage business with diverse groups. Temple University's policy is to provide opportunities to all diverse suppliers which include but not limited to minority and women owned businesses. Temple University encourages all internal departments to include diverse suppliers when looking to source a service or commodity. It is Temple University's commitment to do business with any supplier that can provide competitive price and quality for services and commodities which meet Temple University's business needs.


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:
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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:

In FY17, Temple University made the switch to a green cleaning line. The university requires its cleaning products (with the exception of its quaternary disinfectant) to meet independent verified green cleaning standards. Products used on campus must meet the following criteria:

-Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified (paper products);
-Green Seal certified; or,
-EPA Safer Choice labeled.

Information on the published policy and procedure is located here: https://sustainability.temple.edu/green-cleaning-program#.


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 construction and renovation sustainability criteria for construction and renovation products is published in the Green building policy, which was formerly adopted in Temple's Visualize Temple Master Plan. The policy sets forth:

• Maximizing recycled materials in construction projects is a
goal for every building project, with a minimum goal for each
project of 20%.
• Using materials for new construction that are easily recycled at
the end of their life is encouraged.
• The use of durable and quality materials will extend the use
of a facility and minimize costs for maintenance and future
renovations will be encouraged.
• Utilize local and regional materials to the greatest extent
possible.
• Utilize rapidly-renewable materials and certified wood products
to the greatest extent possible.
indoor environments & health
• No chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) in any new equipment.
• Low-volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints, sealants and
carpet systems are the standard.
• Materials that can be cleaned and maintained with the products
carrying the Green Seal are preferred over alternatives.
• Every building is encouraged to pursue the Leadership in
Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) innovation credit for
Active Design.
https://campusoperations.temple.edu/sites/campusoperations/files/file_downloads/2014-1029TempleUniversityMPFinalDraftREV1.pdf


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:

The university's standards meet EPEAT Silver or above. Additionally, the university is required to buy energy star rated equipment. The published Energy Star Rated policy is found at https://www.temple.edu/purchasing/SustainabilityPolicies/sustain_index.htm.


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:

The university has a requirement to buy all paper products with a minimum of 30% recycled content. The policy is published at:
https://www.temple.edu/purchasing/SustainabilityPolicies/sustain_index.htm.


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:

The university encourages departments to review surplus furniture and computers for departmental use rather than purchasing new. The policy is published at: https://www.temple.edu/purchasing/SustainabilityPolicies/sustain_index.htm.


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