Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 38.99
Liaison Rosangelica Rodriguez
Submission Date Oct. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Trinity College (CT)
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Rosangelica Rodriguez
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities
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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:
The policies, guidelines or directives:
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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)?:
No

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

Purchasing guidelines for incorporating sustainable practices into daily decision making when financially feasible:
-Requirements when making appliance purchases that the units are ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which ratings exist.
-Preference is to be given to:
•“green” furnishings and building materials
•recycled content paper and other office materials
•water-and energy-efficient devices
•items from our vendors with less packaging
•materials which can be returned to the manufacturer for reuse or recycling
-Buy locally produced goods and services whenever possible
-Buy EPEAT silver rated computers and electronics whenever available


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:

Purchasing guidelines for incorporating sustainable practices into daily decision making when financially feasible:
-Requirements when making appliance purchases that the units are ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which ratings exist.
-Preference is to be given to:
•“green” furnishings and building materials
•recycled content paper and other office materials
•water-and energy-efficient devices
•items from our vendors with less packaging
•materials which can be returned to the manufacturer for reuse or recycling
-Buy locally produced goods and services whenever possible
-Buy EPEAT silver rated computers and electronics whenever available


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for professional services:

May include sustainability language in our request for proposals (RFP) see recent example:
“Based on the College’s adoption of sustainability and/or green initiatives, the Bidder shall describe its current environmental and or eco-friendly initiatives. Initiatives may include but are not limited to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, eco-friendly technology, utilization of vegetable-based inks, etc”


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:

Language regarding vehicles in our procurement policy:
Trinity College is firmly dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from fleet vehicles across campus. Prior to each new vehicle purchase or lease, the purchaser must work with the Director of Purchasing to conduct a thorough review of the gas-­‐electric hybrids, electric and alternative fuel vehicles options. Additionally, the Director of Purchasing will notify the Sustainability Task force regarding the upcoming purchase, allowing them to submit any vehicle recommendations they may have. Smaller models with higher fuel-­‐efficiency will be purchased when practical.


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:

Purchasing guidelines for incorporating sustainable practices into daily decision making when financially feasible:
-Requirements when making appliance purchases that the units are ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which ratings exist.
-Preference is to be given to:
•“green” furnishings and building materials
•recycled content paper and other office materials
•water-and energy-efficient devices
•items from our vendors with less packaging
•materials which can be returned to the manufacturer for reuse or recycling
-Buy locally produced goods and services whenever possible
-Buy EPEAT silver rated computers and electronics whenever available


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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