Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Amir Nadav
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of St. Thomas
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Karen Harthorn
Associate Vice President
Procurement Services
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Does the institution have written policies, guidelines, or directives that seek to support sustainable purchasing across multiple commodity categories institution-wide?:
Yes

A copy of the policies, guidelines or directives:
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The policies, guidelines or directives:

Yes, the University's Sustainable Purchasing Policy includes six broad institution-wide purchasing categories. The goal of the policy is to reduce the adverse environmental impact of the University's purchasing decisions consistent with several principles. The full policy is available online: https://www.stthomas.edu/media/officeofgeneralcounsel/policies/Purchasing-and-Payables-Policy.pdf (pages 5 - 7)


Does the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) when evaluating energy- and water-using products and systems?:
No

Which of the following best describes the institution’s use of LCCA?:
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A brief description of the LCCA policy and/or practices:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating chemically intensive products and services?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for chemically intensive products and services:

The University's sustainable purchasing policy includes chemically intensive products and services. The sustainability criteria are available on page six of the policy document: https://www.stthomas.edu/media/officeofgeneralcounsel/policies/Purchasing-and-Payables-Policy.pdf


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating consumable office products?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for consumable office products:

The University's sustainable purchasing policy includes office products. The sustainability criteria are available on pages six and seven of the policy document: https://www.stthomas.edu/media/officeofgeneralcounsel/policies/Purchasing-and-Payables-Policy.pdf


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating furniture and furnishings?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for furniture and furnishings:

The University's sustainable purchasing policy includes furniture/furnishings. The sustainability criteria are available on page five of the policy document: https://www.stthomas.edu/media/officeofgeneralcounsel/policies/Purchasing-and-Payables-Policy.pdf


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating Information technology (IT) and equipment?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for Information Technology (IT) and equipment:

The University's sustainable purchasing policy includes IT equipment. The sustainability criteria are available on page five of the policy document: https://www.stthomas.edu/media/officeofgeneralcounsel/policies/Purchasing-and-Payables-Policy.pdf


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food service providers?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for food service providers:

The University's sustainable purchasing policy includes food service providers. The sustainability criteria are available on page six of the policy document: https://www.stthomas.edu/media/officeofgeneralcounsel/policies/Purchasing-and-Payables-Policy.pdf


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 service providers?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for professional service providers:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating transportation and fuels?:
Yes

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

The University's sustainable purchasing policy includes transportation and fuels. The sustainability criteria are available on page seven of the policy document: https://www.stthomas.edu/media/officeofgeneralcounsel/policies/Purchasing-and-Payables-Policy.pdf


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable procurement program or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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In addition, the University has transitioned to on-line submission of invoices and receipts on approximately 90,000 transactions, with multiple pages per transaction, saving well over 100,000 pages of printed paper.

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