Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Sam Jensen Augustine
Energy/Sustainability Project
Planning Design & Construction
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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:
The policies, guidelines or directives:

Financial and Business Services, Green Procurement
The Purchasing Department supports Environmentally Preferred Purchasing (EPP) practices and encourages the purchase of products and services that effectively minimize negative environmental impacts through their material composition, manufacturing, transport, packaging, energy, consumption, maintenance, and recycling or disposal. The University of Utah is committed to sustainable behavior including purchasing practices. In our efforts to request and purchase the most energy efficient and least waste-producing products that meet our needs, we rely on the expertise of our Office of Sustainability.
URL: http://fbs.admin.utah.edu/purchasing/green/


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:

Facilities Management uses LCCA to evaluate projects and equipment purchases (both new and replacement) for "total cost of ownership". Information about projected energy use, other O&M costs, Air-Quality emissions under our regulatory permits, ghg emissions, life-expectancy of improvement and other factors are weighed against initial costs to evaluate each option available. The results are shared with the Sustainability Office, along with senior administration to determine the best approach.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating chemically intensive products and services?:
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 consumable office products?:
No

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

In coordination with the State of Utah Division of Facilities and Construction Management (DFCM), the University's Design Standards specify requirements for High Performance Building Ratings (HPBR). New building construction also complies with the DFCM Building Energy Efficiency Program (SBEEP). This program promotes energy savings in state-owned buildings.

University of Utah Design Requirements are described in the following document:

University Design Requirements (11/1/17)
URL: https://dfcm.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/University-Design-Requirements-November-1-2017-final.docx.pdf
This document details sustainability criteria for buildings and
5.0 High Performance Building Systems
The DFCM HPBS shall be followed on all University projects, along with the additional University requirements detailed below...
C(2) The DFCM HPBS Requirements column shows the DFCM High Performance Building Standard items that shall be followed in addition to the University’s requirements.
Relevant Sections of the HPBS include:
-5.7 Materials and Resources (D. Sustainable Material Sourcing), and
-5.8 Indoor Environment (SIC) Quality

In addition to the State of Utah requirements, the University of Utah also requires LEED-Silver certification for and encourages sustainable materials.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating Information technology (IT) and equipment?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for Information Technology (IT) and equipment:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food service providers?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for food service providers:
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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 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?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for transportation and fuels:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable procurement program or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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SOURCES

Utah Department of Administrative Services (DAS). Design Requirements: University of Utah Supplement. November 1, 2017.
URL: https://dfcm.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/University-Design-Requirements-November-1-2017-final.docx.pdf

DFCM High Performance Building Standard (HPBS)
URL: https://dfcm.utah.gov/energy-efficiency-program/high-performance-building-standard/

DFCM State Building Efficiency Efficiency Program (SBEEP)
URL:https://dfcm.utah.gov/energy-efficiency-program/

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