Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 28.79
Liaison William Ghrist
Submission Date May 23, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Washtenaw Community College
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Benjamin Hunholz
Dir Rev Pln, Purch & Trsy Mgmt
Purchasing & Student Acct
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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:

We study the value of purchase, cost of operation in energy and maintenance and finally the cost of correct disposal means.


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:

Example of language that was included in RFP # 5855 Betco Janitorial System
Green Cleaning Policy
Washtenaw Community College is committed to providing a safe, clean environment to the entire College community. We are also committed to implementing practices that are environmentally friendly and promote sustainability. This green cleaning policy is part of that commitment.
Benefits of Green Cleaning - Green Cleaning is a term that means cleaning in a manner that protects health without harming the environment. Green cleaning has many potential benefits, including reducing exposure to toxic and highly irritating chemicals, reducing exposure to carcinogens and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), reducing dust and chemical allergens, and reducing the number of chemicals needed to maintain facilities. Other goals of green cleaning include reducing use of energy and water, promoting safety and training. These factors contribute to efficiency and financial savings.
Certifications - Ecologo is North America's largest, most respected environmental standard and certification mark. Ecologo offers third party certification of environmentally preferable products and provides customers, public, corporate and consumer, with assurance that the products and services bearing the logo meet stringent standards of environmental leadership.
Green Seal is a non-profit organization that develops life cycle-based sustainability standards for products, services and companies and offers third-party certification for those that meet the criteria in the standard. Green Seal has been actively identifying and promoting sustainability in the marketplace, and helping organizations become greener in a real and measureable way since 1989.
Purchasing In accordance with the College's commitment to sustainability, safety and the environment will be considered in making all purchases. The College preference is that all cleaning chemicals purchased will be Green Seal or Ecologo-certified. When it is not feasible to use a Green Seal or Ecologo-certified chemical, the least hazardous product possible will be selected.


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:

Included in Board of Trustees 6050 - Policy on the Purchase of Goods and Services:
Paragraph 6 under Construction and Renovation - 'It is the policy of Washtenaw Community College to design, construct, renovate, and maintain its facilities in a sustainable fashion. All new facilities over 5,000 gross square feet and major capital renovations costing more than 50% of building replacement value shall seek to acquire a LEED Silver rating at a minimum. In addition to achieving a minimum of a LEED Silver rating new construction projects (and renovation projects, where applicable) shall be designed and built to minimize energy use by earning at least 40% of the available points for energy performance under the LEED Credit for Optimization Energy Performance where technically feasible and where payback is reasonable. The College will seek to achieve LEED EB (existing building) certification for all existing buildings.'


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:

Included in Board of Trustees 6050 - Policy on the Purchase of Goods and Services:
Paragraph 2 under Equipment Purchases - Energy Efficient Products - 'Whenever reasonable practicable, the College will purchase ENERGY STAR - qualified products in all areas for which such ratings exist. This includes, but is not limited to appliances, heating and cooling equipment, water heaters, electronics, office equipment, lighting, food service equipment, commercial and industrial equipment, and residential equipment. In areas for which rating are not available, the College will seek to purchase products that are in the upper 25% energy efficiency in their class.'


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food services (i.e. franchises, vending services, concessions, convenience stores)?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for food services:

We require that all vending machines be energy efficient as required in the RFP documentation.


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for professional services:

Included in Board of Trustees 6050 - Policy on the Purchase of Goods and Services:
Paragraph 3 under Bids/Quotations - 'The Purchasing Agent will award the purchase of goods and services to the lowest responsible bidder meeting specifications of quality, delivery, and service. Purchases shall be made from vendors within Washtenaw County where the price is equal to or lower than vendors outside the County, if quality is equal in the judgement of the Purchasing Agent. Where there is a definite advantage to the College in services or delivery, the local vendor may be selected in cases where the price exceeds vendors outside of Washtenaw County.'


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?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for wood and paper products:
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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:

For any equipment that uses energy:
Included in Board of Trustees 6050 - Policy on the Purchase of Goods and Services:
Paragraph 2 under Equipment Purchases - Energy Efficient Products - 'Whenever reasonable practicable, the College will purchase ENERGY STAR - qualified products in all areas for which such ratings exist. This includes, but is not limited to appliances, heating and cooling equipment, water heaters, electronics, office equipment, lighting, food service equipment, commercial and industrial equipment, and residential equipment. In areas for which rating are not available, the College will seek to purchase products that are in the upper 25% energy efficiency in their class.'


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