Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.77
Liaison Nathanael Schildbach
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Amherst
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Ezra Small
Sustainability Manager
Physical Plant
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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:

Uploaded: The 2017 UMass Board of Trustees Sustainability Policy. Includes language on EPP across commodities in Principle 7 (Establish Environmentally-Preferable Products Procurement Program (EPP) and continue to implement annual procurement goals to move toward alignment with the standards of the Environmental Purchasing Advisory Council where ever appropriate and consistent with available funding) and Goal 7.1 requires reporting of annual reporting on purchasing of electronics, office paper, cleaning products, etc. and progress towards meeting established goals.


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 as a matter of policy and standard practice when evaluating all energy- and water-using products, systems and building components

A brief description of the LCCA policy and/or practices:

The UMass Construction Design Guidelines (https://www.umass.edu/dcm/sites/default/files/u31/Construction_Design_Guidelines10-04.pdf) outlines the use of LCCA in Section 1.10 (Responsible Use of Energy and Natural Resources) on pg. 12 "Design to minimize life cycle costs, including the use of materials that will maximize durability and longevity" as well as mention of LCCA in Section 2.8 (HVAC) pg 51 "System design and equipment selection shall be determined by life cycle cost analysis including first, operating, and maintenance costs."

Also, UMass Amherst requires all new construction and major renovation building projects to provide energy measurement and verification. This policy uses LCCA calculations. Energy Design and Modeling Guidelines:
https://www.umass.edu/cp/sites/default/files/ENERGY%20DESIGN%20and%20CONSTRUCTION%20GUIDELINES.pdf


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:

UMass specifies sustainability criteria for cleaning and sanitizing products that are chemically intensive via our Green Cleaning Policy and programs within the Physical Plant and Auxiliary Services, located here:
Physical Plant: https://www.umass.edu/sustainability/green-cleaning
Auxiliary: http://www.localumass.com/green-cleaning.html


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:

UMass specifies sustainability criteria for construction and renovation products in the Green Building Guidelines last updated and published in 2016 for LEED v4 including LEED EBOM here: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1006&context=cp_reportsplans


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:

We do not yet have any procurement policy in place for IT equipment but this is in the works with IT CTO Chris Misra's office.


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:

This is unknown.


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:

This is unknown


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:

This is unknown


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:

This is unknown


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:

Paper purchasing:
Print Services Implements New Sustainable Paper Offerings
The team at UMass Amherst Print Services is dedicated to supplying high-quality printing and copying, as well as to being a leader in promoting sustainability on our campus. With that in mind, we are proud to announce that starting immediately (2015) Print Services will begin phasing out all non-recycled “virgin” white letter-sized copy paper and replacing it with 30% recycled white letter-sized copy paper for all orders, at no additional charge to departments. Taking this crucial step across the entire campus would save over 500 trees per year, according to Ezra Small and
Ainsley Brosnan-Smith from the Sustainable UMass office, whom Print Services is teaming with in our transition of paper offerings. In addition to this change, we are also looking to replace all of our standard “house” paper stocks with sheets containing recycled content. This would include our matte and gloss digital color production papers, colored bond copy paper, and white copy paper of all sizes. Please join us in this initiative by selecting paper with recycled content when ordering paper for your office. Boise Aspen30 and TreeFrog (tree-free paper) are great choices for white letter-sized copy paper. Also note that Hammermill colored bond copy paper, which many departments order directly from Print Services, is 30% recycled. Be sure to keep an eye out for further details regarding these changes in future issues of the BuyLine.
https://www.umass.edu/procurement/docs/BuyLine%20Procurement%20Newsletter%20-%20November-December%202015%20with%20insert.pdf


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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