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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 Silver
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Kathy Johnson
Submission Date April 21, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Black Hills State University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Katie Greer
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities 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?:
Yes

A copy of the policies, guidelines or directives:
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The policies, guidelines or directives:

Purchase of Environmentally Preferred Products - SDCL 5-18A-38 Each state agency and institution shall procure environmentally preferable products whenever practicable.

Bureau of Administration Administrative Rules 10:02:05:01 through 10:02:05:15 pertain to the use of environmentally preferred products when purchasing printing projects, paper stock and cleaning and maintenance equipment and supplies.


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 as a matter of policy and standard practice when evaluating all energy- and water-using products, systems and building components

A brief description of the LCCA policy and/or practices:

As indicated in the Black Hills State University Climate Action Plan, purchases ranging from cleaning products to campus infrastructure undergo a life-cycle assessment. This assessment is performed with the goal of protecting the university, the students, and the environment.


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:

10:02:05:11. Procurement of cleaning and maintenance products. Each state agency and institution shall specify products that meet at least one of the following requirements when procuring any cleaning or maintenance product:
(1) Green Seal certified;
(2) Ecologo certified;
(3) Designated for preferred procurement through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Designed for the Environment Safer Product Labeling Program by meeting the requirements of the EPA's DfE Standard for Safer Cleaning Products (SSCP), as revised on March 2010;
(4) Determined to be biobased products using ASTM Method D6866, 10 Standard Test Methods for Determining the Biobased Content of Solid, Liquid, and Gaseous Samples Using Radiocarbon Analysis, as in effect on July 1, 2010. Any cleaning or maintenance product included in the United States Department of Agriculture's BioPreferred Program electronic catalog of qualifying biobased products is accepted as compliant with this section; or
(5) Certified as meeting or exceeding any of the other requirements listed in this section by an independent and knowledgeable third party based on standardized test procedures.
Source: 37 SDR 111, effective December 7, 2010.
General Authority: SDCL 5-18A-38.
Law Implemented: SDCL 5-18A-38.


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:

5-14-33. State buildings to meet high-performance green building standard. Any state building projects as defined in § 5-14-32, shall meet or exceed a high-performance green building standard that was in effect when the project was registered with the rating system.
5-14-32. Definition of terms. Terms used in this section and §§ 5-14-33 to 5-14-38, inclusive, mean:
(1) "High-performance green building standard," a building that is designed and constructed in a manner that achieves at least:
(a) A silver standard rating under the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system in effect as of November 18, 2013;
(b) A two globe rating under the Green Building Initiative's Green Globes rating system as of July 31, 2013; or
(c) A comparable numeric rating under a sustainable building certification program recognized by the American National Standards Institute as an accredited standards developer;
(2) "New construction," any new building constructed by any state agency, department, or institution which has a cost of one million dollars or more or that includes ten thousand square feet or more of space;
(3) "Renovation" or "renovated," any alteration of a state building with a cost of one million dollars or more or that includes ten thousand square feet or more of the building;
(4) "State building project," new construction or renovation of a building, which has heating, ventilation, or air conditioning, by the Board of Regents or any state agency, department, or institution.


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:

Energy Efficient Products:
When acquiring energy-consuming products State agencies shall purchase ENERGY STAR® designated products. Information regarding ENERGY STAR® is available via the Internet at http://www.energystar.gov/products. An agency is not required to procure an ENERGY STAR® designated product if the head of the agency determines in writing, to the Office of Procurement Management, that No ENERGY STAR® designated product is reasonably available that meets the functional requirements of the agency; or that no ENERGY STAR® designated product is cost effective over the life of the product taking energy cost savings into account.


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)?:
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)?:
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:

Recycled Content Paper Products and State Printing Projects:
State agencies shall purchase recycled content paper products from the state contract or from Central Supply if available. When requesting bids or quotes for state printing projects or paper purchases, state agencies shall specify minimum recycled content based on recommendations adopted by the Office of Procurement Management. All printing projects shall include the statement “Printed On Recycled Paper”. Agencies wishing to utilize virgin paper stock instead of recycled content paper stock for any office use or printing project must document their reasons and submit the request to the Office of Procurement Management prior to making the purchase or entering into agreements for any printing services.


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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