Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.54
Liaison Jim Walker
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Austin
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Marcus Grimes
Associate Director, Procurement and Warehousing
Business and Financial 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:

"Consistent with the President’s Committee on Business Productivity’s recommendations toward more active stewardship of tangible and intangible assets and critical examination of their use, The University of Texas at Austin is committed to encouraging and supporting sustainable practices throughout the supply chain. The university spends more than $800 million on goods and services annually. The type, quality, and quantity of commodities being procured have far-reaching economic and environmental impacts. Sustainable purchasing can create jobs, reduce strain on public infrastructure and resources, create and maintain a healthier indoor and outdoor environment, and inspire growth and innovation in the local economy. Responsible purchasing decisions result in a positive impact to the university and the environment and/or human health that include: -Reorganizing or redesign processes to require less goods or energy or to produce less waste -Reducing consumption of unnecessary and unwarranted goods, including focusing on the re-use and recycling of existing goods -Considering total cost of ownership -Future proofing supply chains and investments -Minimizing the amount of waste generated from university purchases, in turn minimizing materials that are require disposal Departments expending university funds should select sustainable products whenever reasonably practical. They should not purchase products that do not perform adequately for their intended use or are not available at a reasonable price in a reasonable period of time." https://financials.utexas.edu/hbp/part-7/12-sustainability


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:

A process during design plan for project teams which seek to incorporate alternative building systems into their designs and to assist in establishing project budgetary costs and energy impact. This process will ensure that the proposed project will provide the best value to the University. Best value will be determined on the basis of a weighted scoring system which will include the results of Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analyses and, as required, the qualitative benefits of sustainable design.


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:

Custodial Services is committed to using sustainable products and processes. Our green cleaning program is achieved through the use of a comprehensive, high-performance cleaning management system, (OS1).

The (OS1) program focuses on both the health of the building occupants and the cleaning staff. Environmentally preferable cleaning strategies, procedures, training, and purchasing guidelines for consumables, tools and equipment are all part of responsible cleaning. All of the daily-use cleaning chemicals prescribed in the (OS1) Program have earned the Green Seal Certification or are EPA registered disinfectants.

https://facilitiesservices.utexas.edu/divisions/custodial/cleaning-program


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:

Paper: At least thirty percent recycled content
Avoid products that are bleached or processed with chlorine or chlorine derivatives

Batteries: NiMH or Lithium rechargeable batteries
Avoid batteries containing Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd) or Lead (Pb)

Copiers & printers: Uses a low melting point toner; Remanufactured or refillable cartridges

Adhesive: Nontoxic, water-soluble adhesive and paper or cellulose based tapes
Avoid spray adhesives

Binders and Filing: Recycled content

Copiers and Printers: Compatible with recycled and remanufactured products
Uses a low melting point toner
Multifunctional capability to save space and resources
Stand-by or power down functionality
ENERGY STAR certified
Ability to print double-sided

https://financials.utexas.edu/hbp/part-7/12-3-commodity-specific-recommendations


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:

Furniture: BIFMA Level certification, Cradle-to-Cradle certified, Indoor Advantage certification, PVC Free, EcoLogo certified, GREENGUARD certified, SCS certified
Low or no VOC-emitting
High percentage postconsumer recycled materials
FSC and PEFC certified wood products
Natural latex foam, avoid plastic foams that contain CFCs , HCFCs, or polyurethane
Domestic soft wood (e.g., pine) instead of tropical hardwoods (e.g., mahogany)
Solvent and formaldehyde free finishes and glue

New furniture purchases to meet LEED certification requirements. Options for meeting LEED requirements include Standard 4.5EQ (Indoor Air Quality), 2.3MR (Resource Reuse) and 5.1/5.2MR (Regional Materials). Furniture meeting 4.5EQ (Indoor Air Quality) should be GreenGuard Certified.

Emphasized in Division 12 Campus Standards https://utexas.app.box.com/s/zh5fby0jthbcwz0b2tyvs4ftfi1br15a


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:

Batteries: NiMH or Lithium rechargeable batteries
Avoid batteries containing Mercury (Hg), Cadmium (Cd) or Lead (Pb)

Computers and Monitors: Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) environmental certification, gold level preferred

https://financials.utexas.edu/hbp/part-7/12-3-commodity-specific-recommendations


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:

Every RFP for a new food service provider includes scoring criteria for use of compostable materials.


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?:
Yes

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

The State of Texas has established six specific categories of business along with individual adjusted HUB goals for each category (see chart below). After the State of Texas 2009 Disparity Study, certain groups of underutilized businesses are defined within each of the six categories. The Statewide Procurement Division of the Texas State Comptroller’s Office has adopted rules which set reporting and usage goals for underutilized groups.

The statewide HUB goals for the procurement categories for the State of Texas are:

11.2% for heavy construction other than building contracts;
21.1% for all building construction, including general contractors and operative builders' contracts;
32.9% for all special trade construction contracts;
23.7% for professional services contracts;
26.0% for all other services contracts; and
21.1% for commodities contracts.

https://financials.utexas.edu/hub/hub-goals
https://comptroller.texas.gov/purchasing/vendor/hub/


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:

This act mandates that 75% of all light-duty vehicle (<8500 lbs.) purchases per year must be capable of running on alternative fuel. Texas HB 432 further requires that by September 2010, 50% of the university fleet must be of the alternative fuel variety. To be considered alternative fueled, a vehicle must use alternative fuels at least 80% of the time.

However, due to the expense associated with training, providing necessary support equipment, and stocking various types of fuel, University Fleet Operations recommends departments limit their choice of fuel types. The three preferred alternative fuels are E85 and propane (LPG) for vehicles usually powered by gasoline, and biodiesel B20 for diesel trucks.

https://parking.utexas.edu/fleet/fuels/alternative


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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