Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.83
Liaison Mary Beth McGrew
Submission Date March 10, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Cincinnati
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Daniel Hart
Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
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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:

In terms of supplier diversity and supporting minority-owned businesses, see UC's Supplier Diversity Position Statement at http://www.uc.edu/af/purchasing/supplierdiversity.html. In terms of overall sustainable purchasing, see http://www.uc.edu/af/pdc/sustainability/campus_initiatives/purchasing.html


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:

As part of UC's commitment to doing all new construction on campus LEED Silver or better, capital procurement of heating and water systems for campus buildings are analyzed according to both life-cycle cost and life-cycle environmental impact.


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:
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:

Compatible with, at a minimum, LEED Silver, which is a requirement for all new construction projects at UC.


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)?:
Yes

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

Cage-free requirements for eggs; consistent requirement for local produce and other products when feasible; requirement for Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch certified seafood; and an overall stated preference for sustainable products. See http://www.uc.edu/af/pdc/sustainability/campus_initiatives/purchasing.html and http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=21376


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)?:
Yes

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

Required fuel efficiency performance for fleet vehicles.


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:

Preference for FSC Certified and Recycled content when/where possible.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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