Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.97
Liaison Teddy Lhoutellier
Submission Date March 13, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Miami
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Teddy Lhoutellier
Sustainability Manager
Environmental Health and Safety
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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:

BSJ-180 SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT
PURPOSE
To strive to purchase environmentally and socially responsible materials, products, and services.
POLICY
In an effort to promote healthier and safer communities, both locally and globally, the University of Miami (UM) is committed to lessen environmental and social impacts throughout the organization. UM applies these principles to achieve optimal environmental and corporate social responsibility standards consistent with institutional goals and financial consideration.
PROCEDURE
1. Environmentally Preferred Products and Services (EPPS) guidelines:
UM will consider products and services that:
• Use renewable natural resources and conserve non-renewable natural resources through cost efficient use and careful planning.
• Conserve energy, water, and improve the energy efficiency of our operations. Make every effort to use and promote environmentally safe, cost-effective and sustainable energy and water sources.
• UM is committed to purchasing products that have earned the Energy Star label, and have met the Energy Star specifications for energy efficiency, wherever possible and practical (visit www.energystar.gov for complete product specifications and updated lists of qualifying products).
• Minimize the generation of waste through source reduction, re-use and recycling programs.
• Manage, minimize and eliminate, whenever possible, the use of hazardous materials.
• Ensure the health and safety of our employees, students, patients and community by promoting environmentally and socially responsible well being best practices.
• Provide UM employees, students and patients with educational programs to promote safety, sustainability awareness, and social well being.


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:

University of Miami Building Standards (UMBS)
The principal purposes of these Building Standards are to ensure that the University’s buildings, grounds and infrastructure, be of a quality control standard consistent with the upper echelon of higher education, to implement the University’s commitment to sustainability, and to ensure the life cycle value of the physical campus environment.

The standards have been developed as a practical tool for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of facilities. The content is organized in the current format of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the design and construction industry standard, to support professionals in their development of construction documents, bidding and procurement of materials. The standards are designed to be available via the Internet on a controlled access basis to the UM community and approved consultants and vendors.


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:

Sustainable Building Policy

In support of the University's commitment to a high level of environmental stewardship and social values, it is the policy of the University of Miami's Design and Construction Department to plan, design, construct, manage, renovate and maintain it facilities in a sustainable manner. This policy applies to all new construction and all major renovations. Al projects shall consider sustainability issues including site design, water and energy efficiency, the use of products and materials that minimize environmental impact and indoor air quality. All contractors, Architects and other vendors shall be required to participate in this team effort to minimize the impact of University construction projects on the environment.

The US Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Building Rating System, which establishes guidelines and evaluated environmental sustainability of buildings, will be the design and measurement standard. Specifically:

All new buildings shall be designed and constructed in a manner to attempt to reach a minimum standard of LEED Silver rating.
Projects will strive to achieve a higher level than LEED Silver whenever possible.
Major renovation of existing buildings where major portions or floors of the facility and infrastructure are upgraded shall be designed and constructed in a manner to attempt to reach a minimum standard of LEED Silver rating.
Minor renovations shall follow good sustainable design practices and shall comply with the University of Miami Building Component Standards.
University of Miami Building Component Standards shall be updated regularly to include the latest Green Building components and standards as deemed acceptable by Design and Construction and Physical Plant. All projects shall follow the standards whenever possible.
Contractors and Architects shall employ, whenever possible, LEED accredited staff to assist in the management and documentation of design and construction activities for LEED certification.


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:

DEFINITIONS
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the
environment through energy efficient products and practices.
POLICY (...)
3. Purchasing is committed to purchasing products that have earned the Energy
Star label, and have met the Energy Star specifications for energy efficiency,
wherever possible and practical.


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:

RFP introduction:
- Contractor will agree to follow UM Environmentally Preferred Products and Services (EPPS) guidelines:
UM will consider products and services that:
• Use renewable natural resources and conserve non-renewable natural resources through cost efficient use and careful planning.
• Conserve energy, water, and improve the energy efficiency of our operations. Make every effort to use and promote environmentally safe, cost-effective and sustainable energy and water sources.
• UM is committed to purchasing products that have earned the Energy Star label, and have met the Energy Star specifications for energy efficiency, wherever possible and practical (visit www.energystar.gov for complete product specifications and updated lists of qualifying products).
• Minimize the generation of waste through source reduction, re-use and recycling programs.
• Manage, minimize and eliminate, whenever possible, the use of hazardous materials.
• Ensure the health and safety of our employees, students, patients and community by promoting environmentally and socially responsible well being best practices.
• Provide UM employees, students and patients with educational programs to promote safety, sustainability awareness, and social well being.


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:

Sustainable Building Policy
All contractors, Architects and other vendors shall be required to participate in this team effort to minimize the impact of University construction projects on the environment.
(...)
Contractors and Architects shall employ, whenever possible, LEED accredited staff to assist in the management and documentation of design and construction activities for LEED certification.


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:

RFP for Shuttles : "The Bidder must provide options and costs that include the following vehicle types:
[...]
 Alternative fuel fleet, including all affiliated costs, such as fueling stations
 Hybrid vehicle fleet
 Electric vehicle fleet, including all affiliated costs, such as charging stations
 Electric and/or Hybrid vehicles
 Passenger Doors, Front and Mid-Body, with automated passenger counters
 10 passenger vehicle for ‘Safe Ride’ program
 Bicycle Racks on two vehicle fleet for the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science."


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating wood and paper products?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for wood and paper products:

University of Miami Building Standards (UMBS)
The principal purposes of these Building Standards are to ensure that the University’s buildings, grounds and infrastructure, be of a quality control standard consistent with the upper echelon of higher education, to implement the University’s commitment to sustainability, and to ensure the life cycle value of the physical campus environment.

The standards have been developed as a practical tool for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of facilities. The content is organized in the current format of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the design and construction industry standard, to support professionals in their development of construction documents, bidding and procurement of materials. The standards are designed to be available via the Internet on a controlled access basis to the UM community and approved consultants and vendors.


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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