Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.64
Liaison Sustainability Office
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Michael Logan
Director of Purchasing and Contracts
Purchasing
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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:

All North Carolina state agencies, including universities, are mandated to purchase environmentally preferable products and services through both Executive Order 156 and General Statute 143.
Please see the following links:
http://www.p2pays.org/epp/stagencies.asp
http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/03/02221.pdf
https://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/statutes/statutelookup.pl?statute=143

Section 4.19 of the UNCG Purchasing Policy covers Sustainable - Recycled Purchasing
https://purchasing.uncg.edu/policies/purchasingpolicies/
Highlights:
UNCG has reached out to its business partners to support the sustainability efforts of the State of North Carolina through the following guidelines:
It is desirable that all responses meet the following requirements:
- All submittals and copies are printed on recycled paper with a minimum post-consumer content of 30% and indicate this information accordingly on the response.
- Unless absolutely necessary, all bids and copies should minimize or eliminate use of non-recyclable or non re-usable materials such as plastic report covers, plastic dividers, vinyl sleeves, and GBC binding. Three-ringed binders, glued materials, paper clips, and staples are acceptable.
- Materials should be submitted in a format which allows for easy removal and recycling of paper materials.
1.RECYCLING AND SOURCE REDUCTION: It is the policy of this State to encourage and promote the purchase of products with recycled content to the extent economically practicable, and to purchase items which are reusable, refillable, repairable, more durable, and less toxic to the extent that the purchase or use is practicable and cost-effective.
We also encourage and promote using minimal packaging and the use of recycled/recyclable products in the packaging of commodities purchased. However, no sacrifice in quality of packaging will be acceptable. The company remains responsible for providing packaging that will protect the commodity and contain it for its intended use.
Companies are strongly urged to bring to the attention of purchasers those products or packaging they offer which have recycled content and that are recyclable.

Additional References:
https://beta-sustainability.uncg.edu/operating-papers/uncg-climate-action-plan-2/
https://purchasing.uncg.edu/policies/purchasingpolicies/

UNCG eProcurement system (Jaggaer):
UNCG utilizes Jaggaer for our eProcurement system. Jaggaer has given us the ability to highlight and promote environmentally friendly products and to promote acquiring used goods from our Surplus Warehouse. We are able to track our spend in the following categories:
Controlled substance Controlled substance
Recycled Recycled
Hazardous material Hazardous material
Radioactive Radioactive
Rad Minor Rad Minor
Select Agent Select Agent
Toxin Toxin
Energy Star Energy Star
Green Green
Our eProcurement system gives us the ability to promote, highlight, guide and encourage our campus to utilize environmentally friendly products and services.
The following sites are on the UNC Greensboro - Purchasing homepage and\or is linked to the UNCG Greensboro - Purchasing web page.

These links offer guidance and State of NC directives pertaining to sustainable purchasing.
https://purchasing.uncg.edu/purchasing/purchasing-procedureshow-tos/
http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/01/00529.pdf
http://www.p2pays.org/epp/

The UNCG Climate Action Plan has laid out Sustainability Goals and Directives for the University
https://sustainability.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/UNCG-Climate-Action-Plan.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 State of North Carolina requires that all facilities constructed or renovated for the State, 20,000 GSF in area or larger, shall be designed on the basis of life-cycle cost. The goal of the legislation was to ensure that designers maximize the long-term benefits to the State, within the confines of a specific capital appropriation, since it is obvious that the cost imposed on the State over the life of a building far exceeds the initial construction investment. Further, under SB668, All construction projects with approved budgets of $2M must select building systems (from building envelope, to mechanical and electrical systems) based on life cycle cost analysis.

G.S. 143-64.15
§ 143-64.15. Life-cycle cost analysis.

(a) A life-cycle cost analysis shall be commenced at the schematic design phase of the construction or renovation project, shall be updated or amended as needed at the design development phase, and shall be updated or amended again as needed at the construction document phase. A life-cycle cost analysis shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following elements:

(1) The coordination, orientation, and positioning of the facility on its physical site.

(2) The amount and type of fenestration and the potential for daylighting employed in the facility.

(3) Thermal characteristics of materials and the amount of insulation incorporated into the facility design.

(4) The variable occupancy and operating conditions of the facility, including illumination levels.

(5) Architectural features that affect the consumption of energy, water, and other utilities.

(b) The life-cycle cost analysis performed for any State facility shall, in addition to the requirements set forth in subsection (a) of this section, include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

(1) An energy-consumption analysis of the facility's energy-consuming systems in accordance with the provisions of subsection (g) of this section.

(2) The initial estimated cost of each energy-consuming system being compared and evaluated.

(3) The estimated annual operating cost of all utility requirements.

(4) The estimated annual cost of maintaining each energy-consuming system.

(5) The average estimated replacement cost for each system expressed in annual terms for the economic life of the facility.

(c) Each entity shall conduct a life-cycle cost analysis pursuant to this section for the construction or the renovation of any State facility or State-assisted facility of 20,000 or more gross square feet. For the replacement of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning equipment in any State facility or State-assisted facility of 20,000 or more gross square feet, the entity shall conduct a life-cycle cost analysis of the replacement equipment pursuant to this section when the replacement is financed under a guaranteed energy savings contract or financed using repair and renovation funds.

(d) The life-cycle cost analysis shall be certified by a registered professional engineer or bear the seal of a North Carolina registered architect, or both. The engineer or architect shall be particularly qualified by training and experience for the type of work involved, but shall not be employed directly or indirectly by a fuel provider, utility company, or group supported by fuel providers or utility funds. Plans and specifications for facilities involving public funds shall be designed in conformance with the provisions of G.S. 133-1.1.

(e) In order to protect the integrity of historic buildings, no provision of this Article shall be interpreted to require the implementation of measures to conserve energy, water, or other utility use that conflict with respect to any property eligible for, nominated to, or entered on the National Register of Historic Places, pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, P.L. 89-665; any historic building located within an historic district as provided in Chapters 160A or 153A of the General Statutes; any historic building listed, owned, or under the jurisdiction of an historic properties commission as provided in Chapter 160A or 153A; nor any historic property owned by the State or assisted by the State.

(f) Each State agency shall use the life-cycle cost analysis over the economic life of the facility in selecting the optimum system or combination of systems to be incorporated into the design of the facility.

(g) The energy-consumption analysis of the operation of energy-consuming systems utilities in a facility shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

(1) The comparison of two or more system alternatives.

(2) The simulation or engineering evaluation of each system over the entire range of operation of the facility for a year's operating period.

(3) The engineering evaluation of the consumption of energy, water, and other utilities of component equipment in each system considering the operation of such components at other than full or rated outputs. (1993, c. 334, s. 6; 2001-415, ss. 4, 5; 2006-190, s. 13; 2007-546, s. 4.1.)


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:

We do put in our bid document that we want pet friendly and environmentally friendly products.


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:

The University applies LEED principles for each Major project and strives for at least a LEED Silver rating.

In addtion the University must follow. Published S.L. 2008-203 Senate Bill 1946

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1. Chapter 143 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new Article to read:

"Article 8C.

"Performance Standards for Sustainable, Energy-Efficient Public Buildings.

"§ 143-135.35. Findings; legislative intent.

The General Assembly finds that public buildings can be built and renovated using sustainable, energy-efficient methods that save money, reduce negative environmental impacts, improve employee and student performance, and make employees and students more productive. The main objectives of sustainable, energy-efficient design are to avoid resource depletion of energy, water, and raw materials; prevent environmental degradation caused by facilities and infrastructure throughout their life cycle; and create buildings that are livable, comfortable, safe, and productive. It is the intent of the General Assembly that State-owned buildings and buildings of The University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System be improved by establishing specific performance standards for sustainable, energy-efficient public buildings. These performance standards should be based upon recognized, consensus standards that are supported by science and have a demonstrated performance record. The General Assembly also intends, in order to ensure that the economic and environmental objectives of this Article are achieved, that State agencies, The University of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Community College System determine whether the performance standards are met for major facility construction and renovation projects, measure utility and maintenance costs, and verify whether these standards result in savings. Also, it is the intent of the General Assembly to establish a priority to use North Carolina-based resources, building materials, products, industries, manufacturers, and businesses to provide economic development to North Carolina and to meet the objectives of this Article.


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 are able to promote environmentally friendly products through our eMarketplace catalogs.
We do have EPEAT standards for computers.


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:

Chartwells is our contracted provider for food services. The contract states:
Chartwells is responsible to participate in the University's sustainability program. To demonstrate energy and environmental awareness and responsibility by minimizing waste in any form and to participate n University sustainability projects as mutually agreed.

The Chartwell's team is active on the University Sustainability Council.

See link for additional information on sustainability practices:
https://www.dineoncampus.com/uncg/sustainability

Below are highlights that were provided by our Dining Services Director of Operations:
- We recycle all our food waste in the fountain view dining, guest scraps off their plates , food at the pot sink area. Recycled paper goods, Napkins, straws , leftover food waste. And we have a company come in twice a week and pick up the food debris 3,000- 3,800 pounds per week. They take it and make compost out it.
- Dining also recycles – glass , aluminum, tin, card board, metal and we put that into a special dumpster for pick up.
- Catering buys compostable ware for a lot of their drop off events or paper events. EUC retail recycles card board, and tin cans
- We have help support events sponsored by the college, that they do with letting them use our compost bins for waste as a partnership with the college.
- Uncg dining will compost over and recycle over 150,000 + # of food and recycle material yearly.


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)?:
No

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

The University Parking and Transportation Office purchases biodiesel for the University shuttles.

The University promotes the use of alternative transportation:
https://www.zimride.com/uncg
https://sustainability.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/UNCG-Climate-Action-Plan.pdf


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:

https://purchasing.uncg.edu/policies/purchasingpolicies/
see section 4.19

The State of NC contracts for paper (645A) and furniture (420A) promote products made with recycled content or EPP.

All North Carolina state agencies, including universities, are mandated to purchase environmentally preferable products and services through both Executive Order 156 and General Statute 143.

UNCG has reached out to its business partners to support the sustainability efforts of the State of North Carolina through the following guidelines:

It is desirable that all responses meet the following requirements:

- All submittals and copies are printed on recycled paper with a minimum post-consumer content of 30% and indicate this information accordingly on the response.

- Unless absolutely necessary, all bids and copies should minimize or eliminate use of non-recyclable or non re-usable materials such as plastic report covers, plastic dividers, vinyl sleeves, and GBC binding. Three-ringed binders, glued materials, paper clips, and staples are acceptable.

- Materials should be submitted in a format which allows for easy removal and recycling of paper materials.

1.RECYCLING AND SOURCE REDUCTION: It is the policy of this State to encourage and promote the purchase of products with recycled content to the extent economically practicable, and to purchase items which are reusable, refillable, repairable, more durable, and less toxic to the extent that the purchase or use is practicable and cost-effective.

We also encourage and promote using minimal packaging and the use of recycled/recyclable products in the packaging of commodities purchased. However, no sacrifice in quality of packaging will be acceptable. The company remains responsible for providing packaging that will protect the commodity and contain it for its intended use.

Companies are strongly urged to bring to the attention of purchasers those products or packaging they offer which have recycled content and that are recyclable.

Section 4.19 of the UNCG Purchasing Policy covers Sustainable - Recycled Purchasing

UNCG electronic Procurement System allows us the ability to guide customers to environmentally preferred products (EPP)


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:

Please see the University Climate Action Plan:
https://sustainability.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/UNCG-Climate-Action-Plan.pdf

The University also has a Sustainability Council:
https://sustainability.uncg.edu/

All North Carolina state agencies, including universities, are mandated to purchase environmentally preferable products and services through both Executive Order 156 and General Statute 143.

Also, see UNC System policy, Section 600.6.1 and 600.6.2
https://www.northcarolina.edu/apps/policy/index.php


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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