Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.27
Liaison Jane Stewart
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Washington and Lee University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Nicole Poulin
Campus Garden Manager
Office of Sustainability
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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:
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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 as a matter of policy and standard practice when evaluating all energy- and water-using products, systems and building components

A brief description of the LCCA policy and/or practices:

This a standard evaluation tool for new systems and is written in the 2019 Climate Action Plan.
https://www.wlu.edu/the-w-l-story/leadership/office-of-the-president/issues-and-initiatives/citizenship/sustainability-initiatives/climate-action-plan/

"All new construction and significant renovation projects should be considered in the context of a comprehensive campus space utilization analysis to avoid any redundancy. W&L’s square footage to student ratio is high, and existing building space should be maximized before more is created. When construction and significant renovation are unavoidable, it is recommended that:

A. Projects will be developed internally and presented for bid externally with explicit recognition of Washington and Lee’s carbon neutrality goal as a frame for project parameters, and each project will include a target Energy Use Intensity (EUI). Recommendations have been provided through the Campus Master Planning process.
B. All new buildings and, where possible, all significant renovations, will be certified at a standard of U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver or higher, or an equivalent independent, third-party certification standard selected and approved in cooperation between University Facilities and the University Sustainability Committee. Energy Efficiency categories should be a priority in meeting certification standards.
C. PassiveHaus and NetZero design will be explored for feasibility on all new construction projects.
D. Life cycle cost analysis will replace first-cost analysis in driving project decision-making.
E. Every effort should be made to design mixed-use buildings (e.g. office, classroom, labs) to cluster HVAC zones by type of use for maximum flexibility in tailored heating and cooling schedules.
F. Programmatic considerations will include appropriate times of use, and buildings will be designed for maximum energy conservation not only when they are in use but also when they are not (e.g. HVAC can be set back, lights can be switched off, etc.)"


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:

The WLU Sustainable Design Guidelines are an internal document that we are awaiting to be made public. The related excerpt follows:

"Project materials, including those used in building construction (e.g. foundation, framing, insulation) as well as those employed for finishes, furnishings and equipment, will be evaluated for both negative health impacts, embodied carbon and VOC emissions thresholds. Red List chemicals will be avoided, construction materials decisions will be informed by the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3), and VOC contents will, at minimum, meet LEED Silver certification standards."

Additionally - here is an excerpt from our Universal Procurement and Building Policy:
All appliances purchased by the University must be rated as Energy Star compliant if that type of appliance is rated by the program. In addition, it is now policy that all new buildings and major renovations will be LEED certified, so things like furniture, flooring, ceilings, walls, and other building materials are evaluated using sustainability (specifically LEED) criteria.


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:

In W&L's Climate Action Plan, it states "Information Technology Services will review the feasibility of adopting a purchasing policy mandating Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) rated equipment when applicable, and assess new technology acquisitions for energy efficiency and ease of shutting down during periods of non-use." While this is not a current published policy, we are working towards it.


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:

While we do not have published sustainability criteria for evaluating food service providers, dining services is committed to purchasing 100% certified compostable products. For example, currently we are negotiating a new contract with a coffee vendor and dining reached out to the Office of Sustainability in order to confirm that the vendors that they are negotiating with offer appropriate, certified compostable products that are allowed in our composting facility. This is a priority for them and they will not commit to a vendor who does not offer certified compostable products.


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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