Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.13
Liaison Traci Knabenshue
Submission Date March 3, 2021

STARS v2.2

West Virginia University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Robert Beck
Director of Procurement
Procurement, Contracting, and Payment Services
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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:

WVU has a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with guidelines from the federal Department of Transportation. The intent of the program is to ensure nondiscrimination and create a level playing field for DBEs.


Does the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) when evaluating energy- and water-using products and systems?:
No

Which of the following best describes the institution’s use of LCCA?:
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A brief description of the LCCA policy and/or practices:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating chemically intensive products and services?:
Yes

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

WVU has made a concerted effort through a green cleaning program to 1) decrease the number of different chemicals it uses for all kinds of cleaning to fewer substances and 2) eliminate cleaning chemicals altogether when and where it makes sense with chemical-free technologies.


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:

WVU negotiates contract pricing on furniture items that it uses most frequently-- for furniture standards for ongoing replacements and for new renovation and building projects. Out of 40 of our most commonly purchased items, 33 had third-party certifications.


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:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food service providers?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for food service providers:

WVU has specific language in its dining contract with Sodexo about waste reduction, recycling, and local food purchasing.


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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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WVU does not often need to solicit bids for furniture vendors, but sustainability practices do factor into the evaluation process when it does. But LEVEL certification is not specified even then. That being said, WVU has two contracts for classroom furniture and one for office furniture. Both of those vendors have their own sustainability commitments.

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