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Liaison Debra Shepard
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Wentworth Institute of Technology
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

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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:

https://www.wit.edu/about-wentworth/administrative-offices-services/purchasing/policies-and-procedures/wentworth%E2%80%99s-green-purchasing-policy

Wentworth’s Green Purchasing Policy

1. SCOPE

Wentworth is committed to environmentally preferable purchasing. Environmentally preferable means "products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose" (http://www.epa.gov/epp/pubs/about/about.htm ).

Wentworth’s objective is to balance environmental and fiscal responsibilities in making Green Purchasing decisions. This policy applies to the purchase of materials in the following categories:

All products eligible for an Energy Star rating, including electronics, appliances, office equipment, etc.
All electronic products eligible to meet the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) environmental criteria, including desktop and laptop computers, monitors, etc.
2. PERFORMANCE METRIC

Wentworth will track performance against the goals in Section 3 by employing the following performance metrics:

% of applicable annual expenditures, by cost, qualifying as Energy Star
% of applicable annual expenditures, by cost, qualifying as EPEAT bronze, silver, etc.
3. GOALS

Wentworth has designated the following goals:

All eligible products purchased by Wentworth shall meet the US EPA Energy Star certification when available and practicable. When Energy Star labels are not available, products that are in the upper 25 per cent of energy efficiency as designated by the Federal Energy Management Program should be used.
All desktop computers, laptops, notebooks, and monitors purchased must meet, at a minimum, all the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) environmental criteria designated as “required” to be registered and rated as Bronze certified in their relevant category whenever possible and practicable.
4. PROCEDURES & STRATEGIES

4.1 Purchasing Procedures

Purchasing agents/credit card holders are responsible for the following procedures:

Review Energy Star & EPEAT guidelines & list of applicable materials when making purchasing decisions.
Credit card holders are to report applicable purchases to Purchasing Dept. via their statement review.
Purchasing will review all purchase order requests prior to placing orders to ensure compliance whenever possible and practicable.
Prior to making any purchase the EPEAT website (www.epeat.com) or the Energy Star website (www.energystar.gov) should be consulted for appropriate ratings.

4.2. Policy Management & Review Procedures

The Procurement Dept will do the following:

Inform purchasing agents during purchasing orientation
Include policy & guidance in purchasing handbook & orientation materials
Track progress monthly via Argos and Paymentnet reports & send reminders to purchasing agents to ensure procedures are being followed
Report progress to Sustainability Committee annually using performance metrics defined above.
5. RESPONSIBLE PARTIES:

This policy applies to the following groups:

Purchasing Dept is responsible for policy oversight and review

Physical Plant, Planning Dept are responsible for the green purchasing of appliances on campus.

Purchasing agents (including Wentworth employees who are credit card holders, and/or third parties purchasing or providing goods to Wentworth, such as contractors, vendors, etc.) are responsible for implementing the policy and reporting progress to Purchasing Dept.

6. TIME PERIOD:

Policy was adopted on June 1 2010, and will be reviewed on an annual basis.


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:

LCCA is employed as part of large construction projects, using LEED v.4 guidance for energy efficient design (energy modeling, and analyzing both first cost and life cycle cost savings).


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)?:
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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)?:
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A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for construction and renovation products:
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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:
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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:
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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)?:
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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?:
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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?:
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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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