Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.07
Liaison Michelle Bennett
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Delaware
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Michelle Bennett
Sustainability Manager
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:
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The policies, guidelines or directives:
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:

We do employ LCCA in our projects as we strive to understand the total cost of ownership in the various options that may be considered during the design process.


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:

Philip Rosenau Company assists in designing Sustainability Programs focused on People, Planet and Profit (the “Triple Bottom Line”). We are dedicated to helping our customers deliver cleaner, safer, healthier and more sustainable facilities at the lowest overall total cost.

All available cleaning products must be certified "green cleaning" products. The only exceptions are products which are not 'green' (e.g. biocides like bleach) but necessary for the health and safety of the campus community.

We are committed to continuing to reduce our environmental impact. Our expertise is rooted in Green Cleaning, but with our industry leadership position, we have gone far beyond ordering “green” products. For over 10 years we have been working with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council in an ever increasing role to promote sustainable design and buildings throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond. We have participated in the development and implementation of standards with organizations such as Green Seal, U.S. Green Building Council and International Sanitary Supply Association. We have Cleaning Industry Management Standard – Green Building (CIMS-GB) certification experts on staff.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating construction and renovation products (e.g. furnishings and building materials)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for construction and renovation products:
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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)?:
No

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

Yes. We purchase as much as possible locally (within 100 miles or less, sustainably sources seafood, etc.). Additionally, we feature weekly produce in our dining halls and once a month a Farm to Table event.

Dining Services updates their standards and criteria (e.g. range of "local" food) as suppliers become available and services improve. Long-term goals and criteria are also available.

See www.udel.edu/sustainability/food for up-to-date info.


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:

Via Contract Labcoat supply vendor Cinta. Cinta claims to recycle up tp 50% of wash water, recycle >=50% of waste water, use EPA-endorsed chemical-free detergents, and favor uniforms made from recycled materials.


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:

Specific projects, such as the Harker ISE Labs building project, establish specific sustainability criteria (EG stormwater mitigation strategies and metrics). Other services, such as building design, are required to provide life-cycle analyses of major systems, infrastructure, materials, etc. Other products, such as carpeting, must meet indoor air quality standards.

UD sustainability criteria for products and services are integrated into our official standards and guidelines:

https://sites.udel.edu/freas-ppd/#design

For a specific example, all municipal shower heads must be WaterSense certified and use <1.5gpm of water.


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:

It is University policy to procure FSC Certified paper products wherever possible. We use this as a basis for most paper purchases. Wherever possible UD purchases paper with >50% recycled content. Printer paper is recommended to be 100% recycled content. Procurement is not centralized and does not control all paper purchases on campus.


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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