Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.30
Liaison Dave Barbier
Submission Date May 14, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Shelly Janowski
Sustainability Coordinator
Facility Services
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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:
The policies, guidelines or directives:

We don’t have campus specific policies, guidelines or directives, but we do have them from the State Level.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Residential Living Department aim to purchase environmentally preferred products whenever possible for our ongoing and durable product needs. Environmental considerations for these purchases include but are not limited to transit distances, recycled content, recyclability, FSC certifications, energy efficiency, low VOC and additional environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. The intent of this policy is to become even better stewards of the land, air and water by improving our ability to recognize and minimize our impact on the environment through our purchasing habits.


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:

The institution will use life cycle cost analysis where applicable. The policy (PRO-E-19 of the State Procurement Guide) is very general in nature and does not specify or itemize criteria by certain categories of product.
http://vendornet.state.wi.us/vendornet/procman/proe19.pdf


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)?:
Yes

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

The Academic Custodial Work Unit is 'Greenguard Certified' through the GREENGUARD ® Certified System.
The GREENGUARD Certification Program gives assurance that products designed for use in indoor spaces meet strict chemical emissions limits, which contribute to the creation of healthier interiors. Achieving GREENGUARD Certification gives credence to manufacturers’ sustainability claims, backing them with empirical scientific data from an unbiased, third-party organization.
http://greenguard.org/en/CertificationPrograms/CertificationPrograms_indoorAirQuality.aspx

Residential Living has a Green Housekeeping Program that includes cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and safe.

The State of Wisconsin mandatory contract includes this in the bid:
The purpose of this Request for Bid (RFB) is to provide interested parties with sufficient information to enable them to prepare and submit a bid for Cleaning Chemicals. Contractors are encouraged to work with authorized end-users to replace non-Green certified chemicals with Green certified (Green Seal, Ecologo, or EPA Dfe certified) cleaning chemicals through product testing processes. Contractors are also expected to provide end-users with current cleaning methods and techniques for using Green Certified cleaning chemicals.
https://vendornet.wi.gov/Download.aspx?type=contract&Id=f40f7b48-212a-e611-8964-40a8f0ad9999&filename=3292_2.PDF

UWSP Grounds Work Unit does use pesticides but only for certain areas that may demand it like curbs, patios and walkways. Over the past several years, the amount of pesticides that the Grounds Work Unit utilizes has been reduced to 2 products, a reduction of close to 90%. We also have chosen a student weeding staff vs. pesticides for all our berms and flower beds. All members of the Grounds staff that apply pesticides are state certified for applying restricted-use chemicals. What is important to note is that the UWSP Grounds Work Unit do not utilize any restricted-use chemicals, however the staff uses the same demanding application procedures when applying pesticides on campus.
With the eco system in mind, organic based fertilizers are used in over 2/3rds of campus applications. The Grounds Work Unit uses ‘Nature Safe’ fertilizer which is constituted from animal proteins. The feather meal, blood meal, meat meal and bone meal found in ‘Nature Safe’ are the same ingredients used in animal nutrition and pet foods. Synthetic fertilizers are only applied when grassy areas need to be turned around in a short period of time. Product 2-4D is used on grassy areas to control broadleaf weeds including dandelions, chickweed, and plantain. Pesticides are used once per year in the summer. 'Nature Safe' fertilizers are used on athletic fields 3 times throughout the year.
https://www.uwsp.edu/facsv/Pages/Grounds1.aspx


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:

Found in the State of Wisconsin Division of State Facilities Sustainable Facilities and Standards.

ftp://doaftp1380.wi.gov/master_spec/Sustainable%20Facilities%20Standards/Sustainable%20Facilities%20Standards.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:

Policy
The State of Wisconsin has mandatory contracts and policies for the purchase of university technology.
The Information Technology Department also has standards in place to insure compatibility, technical
support, and security of all applications, software, and hardware purchased for the University.
All University technology purchasing requests are to be processed through the Information Technology
Purchasing Office. This includes computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals (flash drives,
cables, etc.), projectors, audio/visual equipment, televisions, DVD/VCRs, web based applications,
software, and software as a service.
UW - Stevens Point Information Technology Department will adhere to the following energy efficiency
requirements when making technology purchases:
• UW - Stevens Point Information Technology Purchasing will have a strong preference toward
purchasing EPEAT certified equipment where application, market, budget and standards permit
the institution to do so.
• UW - Stevens Point will at a minimum purchase desktops, laptops, computer monitors and multifunction
devices that have achieved Bronze registration or higher within the EPEAT system. UW -
Stevens Point will purchase EPEAT Silver or Gold registered desktops, laptops, computer monitors
and multi-function devices, where application, market, budget and standards permit the
institution to do so.
• UW - Stevens Point will adhere to contracts and policies regarding EPEAT policies promulgated by
Wisconsin Department of Administration and UW-System and its affiliates.
• UW - Stevens Point Information Technology will seek to make purchases that will minimize the
energy demands of the campus


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:

Scope: to ensure that contracts for contractual services are entered into only in the best
interests of the state; to ensure that the state will procure at lowest possible price, without sacrifice in quality, the contractual services required for the optimum performance of state government functions.
PRO-I-1 does not apply to any contracts for utilities; for construction and environmental consultant services; or for engineering,
consulting, surveying or other specialized services; or for printing.


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 some 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. UW-Stevens Point 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

Residential Living purchases furniture with wood from sustainable forests.
https://www.uwsp.edu/resliving/Documents/PDF/Green%20efforts%208-2013.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:

We are a Fair Trade university
Ensure that Fair Trade products are used at internal university meetings, events and in university offices. Offer Fair Trade coffee, tea, sugar and other products whenever possible
http://fairtradecampaigns.org/campaign-type/universities/


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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