Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.58
Liaison Derek Nichols
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University at Buffalo
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Dalton Holler
Buyer
Procurement Services
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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:

UB strongly encourages the purchase of supplies, commodities and services from Minority & Women Owned Business Enterprises, Service Diabled Veteran Owned Buinesses, and preferreed sources.

UB follows the SUNY System's anti-sweatshop policy and a corresponding anti-sweatshop procedure. This policy and procedure are enforced on an ongoing basis, especially with apparel and sports equipment purchases originating from Athletics and Recreation.

The SUNY Anti-Sweatshop Policy (policy #7559) found at and the anti-sweatshop procedure (procedure #7560), governs purchases of apparel, textiles, and sports equipment. In accordance with the procedure, anytime the College or its contractors purchase apparel or sports equipment, vendor is required to complete a Certification of Compliance with Fair Labor Conditions form, certifying that the manufacturing of the items is "done in compliance with all applicable labor and occupational safety laws including but not limited to child labor laws, wage and hour laws and workplace safety laws." http://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=670 http://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=672

New York State Labor Law 220 requires that:
* "No laborer, worker or mechanic in the employ of a contractor or subcontractor engaged in the performance of any public work project shall be permitted to work more than eight hours in any day or more than five days in any week, except in cases of extraordinary emergency."
* Traditional construction trades and building services workers receive no less than the prevailing wage and benefits for a particular trade. Prevailing wage rates and schedule are adjusted annually and are based on the location where the work is performed.
* Contractors and subcontractors must keep original payroll records and submit payroll records to UB as evidence of fair pay.
* All contractors must demonstrate evidence that contractors working onsite at UB are covered by workers compensation and disability benefits.
For more information, visit: http://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/publicwork/PWGeneralProvisions.shtm http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/Employers/ProveItToMoveIt.pdf


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:

The university employs LCCA practices focusing primarily on Capital Construction decision making on campus.

If it is a large project or procurement, all variables pertaining to life cycle and total cost are taken into consideration.


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:

Yes, in compliance with NYS Executive Order No. 134, the University procures cleaning products having products that minimize potential impacts to users and the environment. Per the executive order, the University purchases environmentally preferred products.

NYS OGS Executive Order No. 134 https://www.ogs.state.ny.us/purchase/spg/pdfdocs/EO134.pdf


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:

On August 26, 2009, Article 4-C of New York State's Public Buildings Law was passed mandating that the construction and substantial renovation of state buildings comply with “green” building standards. The New York State Office of General Services (OGS) is obligated to promulgate rules and regulations establishing the construction requirements and procedures necessary to implement Article 4-C. While the Act took effect immediately, the agency green building construction requirements took effect on August 26, 2010. http://www.ogs.ny.gov/EO/GBCA/Default.asp

The State University Construction Fund (SUCF) manages the majority of non-residential major construction and renovation projects on campus. SUCF Directive I1B issued in December 2013 includes the following LEED requirements:
a) Design and construct the project to comply with the criteria for a Silver rating per the USGBC LEED for Building Design and Construction (BD+C) rating system. At the request of the SUCF a higher rating of Gold or Platinum may be required.
b) Register the project with USGBC, and allow the SUCF and the Campus access.
c) Certification of the project by USGBC may be required and will be decided by the SUCF based on the request of the Campus.
http://www.sucf.suny.edu/pdf/dir/1B-7.pdf

The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) manages all major renovation and new construction residence hall projects. DASNY promotes and supports sustainable design approaches and construction practices. Initial programming meetings for every project shall define specific sustainable goals which will be included in all discussions, including those determining budget and scheduling. In addition, as of January 1, 2008, all projects that are new construction, addition, or significant renovation shall include a goal of LEED Silver and shall be fully submitted to the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for a rating review. http://www.dasny.org/About/DASNYProfessionalExpertise/Sustainability/GreenPolicyforConstruction.aspx


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:

Yes, the University only uses industry leaders and reputable manufacturers such as Dell, HP and Apple. The NYS Aggregate buy only includes products of EPEAT Gold or higher rating.
https://www.ogs.state.ny.us/greenny/green-contracts.asp
https://www.ogs.state.ny.us/greenny/specs/green-specs-computers.asp


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for garments and linens:

SUNY Anti-Sweatshop Policy Doc. 7559
https://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=670

SUNY Anti-Sweatshop Procedure Doc. 7560
https://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=672


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:
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:

As per Executive Order 111: State agencies and other affected entities shall procure increasing percentages of alternative-fuel vehicles, including hybrid-electric vehicles, as part of their annual vehicle acquisition plans. By 2005, at least 50 percent of new light-duty vehicles acquired by each agency and affected entity shall be alternative-fueled vehicles, and by 2010, 100 percent of all new light-duty vehicles shall be alternative-fueled vehicles, with the exception of specialty, police or emergency vehicles as
designated by DOB. State agencies and other affected entities that operate medium- and heavy duty vehicles shall implement strategies to reduce petroleum consumption and emissions by using alternative fuels and improving vehicle fleet fuel efficiency.


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:

Yes, University at Buffalo requires all copy paper, janitorial paper, and other paper supplies to be composed of 100% post-consumer recycled content to the maximum extent possible.
https://www.buffalo.edu/administrative-services/policy1/ub-policy-lib/recycled-paper.html

SUNY Standard contract clauses prohibit the purchase of tropical hardwoods. Typically, wood sourced at UB construction contracts is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.


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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