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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.35
Liaison Laurie Husted
Submission Date June 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Bard College
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Dan Smith
Energy Efficiency Coordinator
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:

- Bard Green Purchasing Policy & Guide
- Bard EATS and Real Food Standards rubrics
- IT department EPEAT Gold
- Paper Purchasing
- Environmental Services cleaning products policy
- Building and Grounds chemical and grounds products
- Green construction and renovation policy

Policies can be found at:
http://www.bard.edu/bandg/policies/
http://bos.bard.edu/energy-facilities-and-climate/
http://bos.bard.edu/transportation/
http://bos.bard.edu/reduce-reuse-recycle/
http://bos.bard.edu/land-and-grounds/
http://bos.bard.edu/purchasing/
http://bos.bard.edu/water/
http://bos.bard.edu/people/


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:

When purchasing major equipment - factors such as energy and water efficiency, maintenance costs, and disposal costs are all considered prior to purchase.

For purchasing durable goods, preference is given to items with demonstrated longevity, non-hazardous materials, and sustainable sourcing. For example: choosing non-hazardous products that do not require special disposal and fees.


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:

All departments give preference to chemical products that are Green Seal, SCS & Ecologo certified.


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:

Bard has a set of guidelines for all new construction projects to ensure energy-efficiency and green design:

New Construction & Major Renovation Policy:
http://bos.bard.edu/energy-facilities-and-climate/


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:

IT department always purchases equipment with EPEAT GOLD rating.

http://bos.bard.edu/purchasing/


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:

All food service vendors, including Chartwells Higher Education and other food-related concession operators, are vetted by Bard EATS (Eating Awareness Transforms Society) group and must demonstrate their ability to adhere to its mission and the Real Food Standards rubric. This criterion is disseminated to food service vendors who wish to do business with Bard, who are evaluated on their ability to meet those goals.

http://www.bard.edu/bardeats/
http://calculator.realfoodchallenge.org/help/resources

The Green Onion, our campus convenience store has committed to reducing all concession packaging by 5%. They will accomplish this by increasing bulk infrastructure and offerings and will work with Bard's Food Sustainability Director to accomplish this goal.

We are currently working on increasing healthy and local products for our vending machines, however no quantitative goal has been set at this time.


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:

Though not explicit to vehicles and fuels, the spirit of the Building & Grounds Dept. policy "F-BERD-008: Environmentally Sound Product Procurement", and the "Bard Green Purchasing Policy & Guide", extend to the actions of supervisors and directors when making any purchasing decisions. New vehicles are evaluated on these preferences, and include the following outcomes:

- Each year, the Buildings & Grounds Dept. allocates a portion of its budget to replace the oldest and least fuel-efficient vehicles in its fleet with newer models with improved fuel economy, replacing over a dozen vehicles this way in since 2012.
-Since 2010, B&G has experimented with the purchase (2) all-electric vans, (2) high-efficiency "mini" trucks, and (1) electric-hybrid shuttle bus.
- Since 2010, the Transportation Dept. has purchased four electric-hybrid sedans (Toyota Pruis) for its fleet, which are provided to other departments for short and long trips.
- In 2013, Bard installed its first electric charging station at the Alumni Center, and is currently developing a project to install four more charging stations on campus.

The Bard Climate Action Plan (ver. July 2017) also outlines the College’s preferences and strategies for fleet management, alternative transportation and renewable fuels, with the goal to completely gradually transition to a no/low carbon fleet by 2035.

B&G Dept. Policy No. F-BERD-008: Environmentally Sound Product Procurement
http://www.bard.edu/bandg/policies/

Download the Bard CAP at:
http://bos.bard.edu/energy-facilities-and-climate/


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:

All departments give preference to wood & paper products that are FSC certified (as per the Bard Green Purchasing Policy & Guide).


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:
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