Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.76
Liaison Mark Klapatch
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-River Falls
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Gail Anderson
Purchasing Agent
Purchasing Services 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?:
No

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

UWRF follows the guidelines and requirements for life-cycle costing on State Building Projects through the Division of Facilities Development (DFD) as part of the analysis for new building construction, facility maintenance, and energy conservation projects. As well as new major building, structure, major remodeling, or building addition.


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:

The Building Commission Sustainable Facilities Policy, and Division of State Facilities (DSF) Sustainable Facilities Standards (Standards) prescribe the minimum sustainable requirements for state construction and leased facilities and they apply to all DSF projects without exception, regardless of size or budget. The fundamental purpose is to improve the overall quality and usability of state owned and leased facilities and optimize monetary, material, environmental and human resources.


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:

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: ENVIRONMENTAL
1. Each standard configuration shall have a minimum Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) certification as indicated on the cost sheet. General information on the criteria of EPEAT can be found at http://www.epeat.net. Bidder shall provide verification of EPEAT certification at the required level, upon request.
2. The State is committed to energy saving and environmentally friendly devices. Energy efficient and environmentally friendly devices shall be included in the Product offering. Contractor shall provide energy efficient devices that meet the following, as applicable:
• Equipment shall meet applicable Energy Star standards.
• Monitor screens shall not emit electrostatic and electromagnetic radiation.
• All Products capable of meeting Energy Star low-power enabled features shall be shipped with the Energy Star low-power feature activated or enabled unless otherwise agreed upon by the State.
• Products shipped without the Energy Star seal affixed to the Product shall include the manufacturer’s certification specifying that such Products are Energy Star compliant.

The above information is found in the Computer Equipment and Related Services specifications in VendorNet.


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:

Below are the sustainability requirements with our dining contract:

The Contractor will collaborate with the University for the potential purchase and use of products grown locally if said products meet the appropriate risk management, health codes, etc. The Contractor will work with the University to implement a sustainable dining plan. The University encourages purchases to be made from local producers within the region with an expectation for growth in this area over the life of the contract. The Contractor will provide annual reports specifying purchases made with local producers.

The Contractor will be expected to collaborate with the University to develop a pre-consumer/post-consumer waste program.

Sustainability efforts will be reviewed by June 30th annually for effectiveness and comparison/alignment to goals of the University sustainability initiatives. Upon these reviews and upon mutual agreement between the Contractor and the University, pending notification of and approval from the UW-System Procurement Office, appropriate adjustments/amendments to the contact will be made.

The Contractor shall use recyclable packaging materials, cups, isolation meal containers, plates, to-go containers and similar items as much as possible.
Chapter 266 State Statutes:
The Contractor shall comply with University and State policies and procedures related to recycling of waste materials, purchase of recycled materials and participate in required waste separation programs. The University shall arrange for space and/or suitable containers required for recycling.
Disposal Product Reduction Programs
The Contractor shall develop programs, approved by the University, to reduce the use of disposable items that are not recyclable and separate for recycling the following materials that are generated as solid waste by the University and Contractor:
• Aluminum containers
• Corrugated paper or other container board
• Glass containers
• Magazine or other material printed on similar paper
• Newsprint
• Office paper
• Plastic containers #1, #2
• Steel containers, aerosol cans, paint cans
Recyclable Materials and Trash Removal
The University will provide dumpster service for trash and recycling under separate contract. The University is currently under a Single Stream Recycling Program, thereby minimizing the need to separate and sort. The Contractor is encouraged to recycle.
The University will be responsible for all recycling expense for items properly separated by the Contractor.
The Contractor will be responsible for 70% of the total garbage disposal expense for the University Center.
Waste Containers
Unless otherwise indicated in this section, the University shall provide waste and recycling containers in sufficient quantity to maintain sanitary standards for trash and recycling disposal. The Contractor shall provide trash bag liners as needed. A minimum of 1.9 mil weight must be used for all trash liners. Waste and recycling containers shall be kept in a clean and satisfactory condition at all times, and emptied by the Contractor to maintain sanitary and aesthetically pleasing conditions.


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:

Some product categories have specific criteria, such as purchasing recycled paper, which there is a published information in below system link establishing that at least 40% of total paper purchase must be recycled. UWRF purchases all of their copy paper as recycled paper with a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content, so we exceed what is required.
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?:
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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