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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 73.41
Liaison Fletcher Alexander
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Chico
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 3.00 Sara Rumiano
Director
Procurement & Contract Services
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

Specifically Items #24 and #34 in the General Provisions

Also:

Sustainable Procurement

1. Campuses will promote use of suppliers and/or vendors who reduce waste, re-purpose
recycled material, or support other environmentally friendly practices in the provision of
goods or services to the CSU under contract. This may include additional evaluation points in solicitation evaluations for suppliers integrating sustainable practices. (14-New)

2. To move to zero waste, campus practices should: (1) encourage use of products that
minimize the volume of trash sent to landfill or incinerators; (2) participate in the CalRecycle Buy-Recycled program or equivalent; and (3) increase recycled content purchases in all BuyRecycled program product categories. (14-New)

California State University Sustainability Policy (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01)


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:

N/A


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:

N/A


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:

Construction contracts incorporate waste management specifications requiring contractors to plan and divert concrete, asphalt, aluminum, metal and other recyclable construction by-products from the landfill. Contractor’s Construction Waste and Recycling Plan must be approved by the Construction Administrator prior to the start of Work. Contractor’s Construction Waste and Recycling Plan will not otherwise relieve the Contractor of responsibility for adequate and continuing control of pollutants and other environmental protection measures.


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 Procurement and Contract Services department has worked with IT to centralize the purchase of IT Products and Services, most notably around the purchasing of computers. This centralization allows the campus to drive initiatives for purchasing Dell, Microsoft, and Apple EPEAT Gold certified hardware.

Computing Purchases:
The following specifications are IT Support Services standard configurations for new computing purchases. All new computer purchases should be one of these configurations. If these configurations don’t meet your needs, exceptions can be granted for legitimate business purposes. All prices below are approximate and include tax and shipping.

To request a new computer, laptop, tablet, or accessory, select this link:
https://support.csuchico.edu/TDClient/Requests/ServiceDet?ID=8033

To request a new printer, select this link:
https://support.csuchico.edu/TDClient/Requests/ServiceDet?ID=8036

Sustainability:
All systems below have an EPEAT Gold rating. For more information about the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) please visit their Website: http://www.epeat.net


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:

N/A


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:

N/A


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:

CSU, Chico includes language for architects/contractors that address both sustainable designs as well as sustainable construction practices and procedures. Sample language is as follows:

Under project description:
The project will be comprised of energy efficient and sustainable design features, balanced with the program needs, within the available budget. LEED goals are set at a minimum standard equivalent to LEED Silver and will meet the CSU Sustainability Measurement System guidelines.

Under project requirements:
This project shall be designed, constructed and commissioned to meet a minimum level of Silver in the USGBC LEED v4 certification system.

Under evaluation of project specific requirements:
A building that maximizes sustainability, particularly in efficient energy usage and water reduction, is a priority for the University. What creative solutions has your team implemented on projects of a similar size and budget?

Under evaluation of work plan:
The process to identify opportunities for sustainable design and how the concepts for sustainability will be developed into the Project and maintained thru to completion.

Under Design Fee Allocation Matrix:
Environmental (Branding) Graphics/ Signs – design, scope, coordination and solicitation.

Reference to CSU design & building standards, which include things like designing to current California building codes (including energy, sustainability, etc.):
CSU Procedure Manual for Capital Projects (and about 15 other design guidelines).

Specifications to each area of design and/or construction. Specifically about waste, reuse & recycling plan: i.e. Section 01151 (for one project): CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION MATERIALS RECYCLING REQUIREMENTS


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:

Climate Action Plan

3. The CSU will encourage and promote the use of alternative transportation and/or alternative fuels to reduce GHG emissions related to university associated transportation, including commuter and business travel. (14-New)

California State University Sustainability Policy (RJEP/CPBG 05-14-01)


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:

Procurement and Contract Services supports and promotes the purchasing of environmentally friendly products on campus. For example, they are making efforts to comply with the state-mandated recycle content report (RCP) procurement goals, which specify that a certain percentage of products purchased must contain recycled content, including 25 percent of fine printing and writing paper.


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:

N/A


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Working with the Chancellor’s Office and Staples, when campus users purchase paper through Campus Marketplace, virgin paper is auto substituted to recycled paper.

http://www.csuchico.edu/sustainablefuture/committee/documents/CSU_SustainabilityPolicy_May2014_ADOPTED.pdf

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