Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.46
Liaison Brian Pullen
Submission Date March 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of South Florida St. Petersburg
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Sara Snader
Sustainability Intern
Facilities Services
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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:

Guidelines:

1.) All USF personnel will purchase recycled and environmentally preferable products
whenever practicable.
2.) USF Departments will purchase alternative fuel vehicles as mandated by State/Federal guidelines.
3.) USF Purchasing Services will promote the use of recycled and other environmentally
preferable products by publicizing its sustainable procurement program. Marketing
materials should make reference to the University of South Florida's commitment and
leadership in the use of recycled and environmentally/ socially preferable products.
4.) USF Purchasing Services will make every effort to secure contracts with vendors that are socially and environmentally conscientious, and certified green whenever practicable.


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:

Energy life cycle cost analysis complying with University requirements must be conducted:
i. when the project provides thirteen-thousand (13,000) or more new gross square feet
or an estimated total new HVAC load of forty (40) tons or more; or,
ii. when the project includes renovation of space and new HVAC air handling units for
which the load is forty (40) tons or more

from: https://stars.aashe.org/media/secure/874/6/509/2901/sustainability-best-practices.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:

All chemicals and equipment used for cleaning at USFSP must meet or exceed the USGBC LEED’s guidelines and must be proven sustainable products.

By procuring goods with fewer or no toxic chemicals, departments can reduce their
hazardous waste disposal, future liability concerns, and the risk of occupational exposure
and spills. Low-toxicity products such as mercury-free medical supplies, printing ink low
in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and chlorine free cleaning supplies are increasingly available and cost-competitive. Green Guard certification is also used when purchasing VOC 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:

Any new construction must be certified LEED Silver as stated in the Campus Master Plan 2015-2025.

http://www2.usfsp.edu/facilities/master_plan/master_plan_amendment_1.pdf


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:

Energy Star rated computers and appliances are used and must meet sustainability standards. Also, Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is used during procurement of technology.


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:
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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:

Yes, USFSP requires LEED AP credentialing on all architectural, construction and engineering related projects.


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?:
No

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