Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.33
Liaison Brad Spanbauer
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Brian Kermath
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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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:

Campus will, where possible, purchase sustainably preferable products consistent with the campus commitment to sustainability.
https://www.uwosh.edu/sustainability/what-we-do/green-purchasing

We are bound to state procurement guidelines, which emphasize the use of some "green" and "recycled" goods as defined in the State Procurement Manual:
http://vendornet.state.wi.us/vendornet/procman/prod19.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:

In making a sustainable purchasing decision, the entire life
cycle costs (financial, environmental, and social) of the product are taken
into consideration. The life cycle takes into account extraction, production, manufacturing, distribution, operation, maintenance and disposal. Many “green” products are competitively priced with their conventional counterparts, are of comparable quality, and have one or more of the following attributes:

• High Content from Post-Consumer Recycled Materials
• Low Embodied Energy (consumed to extract, manufacture, distribute and dispose)
• Recyclable
• Non-toxic
• Energy Efficient
• Durable and/or Repairable
• Produced in an Environmentally- and Socially-Sustainable Manner

Energy Star:
The State encourages the use of equipment which meets the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star™ requirements. The Energy Star Program is a voluntary contract between an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and the EPA. It is not mandatory that every device offered under this bid meet Energy Star requirements but the bulk of the product line should be energy efficient. Bidder should identify those items which meet the Energy Star requirements on the Bidder Response Sheet.

http://vendornet.state.wi.us/vendornet/procman/prod19.pdf - Section C refers to State code on life cycle cost analysis.


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:
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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:

6.18 Environmentally Responsible (“Green”) Product:
Contractors are encouraged to identify products that are made of recycled products, that use environmentally friendly production methods, or that can be recycled at the end of their service life. The UW will make every effort to purchase “Green” products wherever feasible or possible based on individual project needs and funding available.

Specifications for the following priority categories were reviewed and revised by January 1, 1991.
a. Paper and paper products;
b. Plastic and plastic products;
c. Glass and glass products;
d. Motor oil and lubricants;
e. Construction materials, including insulating materials;
f. Furnishings, including rugs, carpet, and furniture; and
g. Highway equipment, including signs, signposts, reflectors, guardrails, lane dividers, and barricades.

http://vendornet.state.wi.us/vendornet/procman/prod19.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:

We consider the environmental impact of our technology purchases and choose computers and printers which meet at least Bronze-level registration, with a preference for Silver- or Gold-level registration under the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).

From State procurement manual:
2.12 Energy Star:
The State encourages the use of equipment which meets the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star™ requirements. The Energy Star Program is a voluntary contract between an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and the EPA. It is not mandatory that every device offered under this bid meet Energy Star requirements but the bulk of the product line should be energy efficient. Bidder should identify those items which meet the Energy Star requirements on the Bidder Response Sheet.


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)?:
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:
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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:

Campus is committed to buying paper from 100% recycled sources when possible and for 30% minimum recycled content when necessary.

From State procurement manual:
6.18 Environmentally Responsible (“Green”) Product:
Contractors are encouraged to identify products that are made of recycled products, that use environmentally friendly production methods, or that can be recycled at the end of their service life. The UW will make every effort to purchase “Green” products wherever feasible or possible based on individual project needs and funding available.

Specifications for the following priority categories were reviewed and revised by January 1, 1991.
a. Paper and paper products;
b. Plastic and plastic products;
c. Glass and glass products;
d. Motor oil and lubricants;
e. Construction materials, including insulating materials;
f. Furnishings, including rugs, carpet, and furniture; and
g. Highway equipment, including signs, signposts, reflectors, guardrails, lane dividers, and barricades.

http://vendornet.state.wi.us/vendornet/procman/prod19.pdf


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for other commodity categories:

BE IT RESOLVED:
That the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh should declare itself to be a Fair Trade University, which would consist of the following:
1. Dining facilities: The university will work with its food service contractor to make Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea and chocolate available in its dining facilities, consistent with the terms of the food service contract and where the resulting costs do not significantly jeopardize board rate costs.
2. Catered events: The university will work with its food service contractor to make Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea and chocolate available at catered meetings hosted by the university, at the option of the administration, staff, faculty, or students arranging the meeting and consistent with the terms of the food service contract.
3. Offices: The university will work with its food service contractor to make Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea and chocolate available for university offices at the option of those offices whenever possible and consistent with the terms of the food service contract.
4. Stores: The university will include Fair Trade Certified food products and handicrafts (such as coffee beans, jewelry, and other gift items) at university stores whenever possible and subject to the terms of the university’s contracts with other vendors.
5. Acknowledgment: The university will identify and acknowledge Fair Trade Certified products at university functions and stores where appropriate (e.g. with signs noting that the coffee is Fair Trade Certified).
6. Implementation: The University, in consultation with the Campus Sustainability Council, will oversee the implementation of the above commitments.


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