Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 62.77
Liaison Lindsay Crum
Submission Date June 29, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Yale University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Lindsay Toland
Metrics & Program Manager
Yale Office of Sustainability
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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:
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?:
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 (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:

Yale's Green Cleaning Standards are intended to reduce the exposure of faculty, staff, students, and visitors to chemical, biological, and particulate matter that may be harmful to human health, and the built and natural environments. The overall cleaning standards are based on LEED standards.
https://facilities.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Staff%20Tools/Policies/Yale%20University%20Green%20Cleaning%20Standards_2017.pdf


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:

Yale has Sustainable Design Guidelines, and all new buildings must meet a minimum of LEED Gold requirements. In addition, the following specifications must be considered when procuring furniture: BIFMA Level certification, Cradle to Cradle certified, Indoor Advantage certification, and PVC Free.
http://facilities.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Design%20Standards/01352%20Sustainable%20Design%20Requirements_150727.pdf


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:

The following specifications must be considered when purchasing computer equipment: EPEAT Certified (verification level “Silver” or “Gold”) and Energy Star certified. Yale IT has also committed to greening its practices.
https://sustainability.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/sustainable-procurement-standards-guide.pdf


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 do not have franchises or concessions. Our vending program requires that all vending equipment be energy star and has vending misers that power down when not in active mode installed. 50% healthy options that meet FitPick criteria are required.

Convenience stores: Durfee’s offers a product mix selected especially for on-the-go Yale students and visitors. Its shelves are loaded with fresh and prepared food, snacks, bottled drinks, groceries and personal care items. Cold-pressed juices and specialty beverages are also offered. For those seeking a quick snack or meal, there are a variety of healthier-for-you options as well as traditional fast food items like hot wings, chicken strips, pizza, nachos, and fries. The store also sells sandwiches and sushi that are made fresh daily. Paper sacks and reusable bags are offered , vendor coolers are also required to be energy star rated with vending misers.


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)?:
No

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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for transportation and fuels:

University vehicles must meet the following requirements: electric for light-duty campus-only vehicles, and zero or ultra low emissions.


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:

The following requirements must be considered with paper products: EcoLogo certified, Green Seal certified, and/or EPA Compliant


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:

Appliances (e.g. refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines) must be Energy Star certified.


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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