Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.14
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Western Michigan University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
1.25 / 3.00 Wendy Vander Meulen
Director, Logistical 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:

The following page covers all products that WMU has a policy or procedure for procuring: https://wmich.edu/logisticalservices/purchasing/policies-procedures

Certain products:

* For paper, 30% recycled content is required. See attached “WMU Paper Statement on Staples Site" for the language we have on the Staples website (our office supplies provider).

* For appliances, all must be Energy Star rated.

* For computers, all must be Energy Star rated.

* For cleaning products and equipment, there is a Green Cleaning policy.

https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u218/2013/WMU-Statement-of-Fair-Contracting-Commitment.pdf


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 LCCA policies seek to minimize building life cycle costs, direct and indirect, relating to energy use, maintenance, waste disposal and occupant health & productivity. LCCA policies also aim to minimize environmental impacts throughout the building life cycle, including product manufacturing, construction, use/occupancy, and demolition or renovation/reuse as well as optimize indoor environmental quality. See the attached link for LCCA policy details.

http://www.fm.wmich.edu/ap/sg/guidelines/Admin_Guidelines_Life%20Cycle%20Design__current.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)?:
No

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

For chemically intensive products and services (e.g., building and facilities maintenance, cleaning and sanitizing, landscaping and grounds maintenance) we buy products that align with the Green Seal certification.


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:

For Construction and Renovation for new construction we write the RFPs to indicate a specific LEED rating we intend to achieve and ensure the hired firm has appropriate experience to meet that LEED rating. We also have requirements to purchase Energy Star rated appliances.


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)?:
No

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

For computers, all must be Energy Star rated.


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)?:
Yes

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

For Professional Services, specifically while hiring architectural firms for design on new construction, we write the RFPs to indicate a specific LEED rating we intend to achieve and ensure the hired firm has appropriate experience to meet that LEED rating.


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:

For paper, 30% recycled content is required.


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?:
No

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:

The only published criteria for the below items is the screenshot from Staples for our paper, and our Energy Star Policy on our website.

(https://wmich.edu/logisticalservices/purchasing/policies-procedures).

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