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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 48.57
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date June 15, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Cleveland State University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 3.00 Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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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:

Fifteen per cent of the annual total aggregate purchases of goods and services are to be set aside for bidding only to Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs).

https://www.csuohio.edu/sites/default/files/3344-65-18-forposting.pdf

Five per cent of the annual total aggregate purchases of goods and services are to be targeted for EDGE (Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity) certified vendors, certified by the equal opportunity department of the state of Ohio. EDGE is Ohio's procurement preference program for minority-owned, women-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses.

https://www.csuohio.edu/sites/default/files/3344-65-19-forposting.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:

As part of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission's (FCC) energy efficiency and conservation programs, it is required that state entities obtain an energy consumption analysis and disclose to the FCC a life-cycle cost analysis before proceeding with a construction project for buildings with 20,000 square feet or more.

The Office of the University Architect at CSU includes LCCA in all RFQs (Request for Qualification) and ensures final contracts include language stipulating the inclusion of Life Cycle Cost Analysis for new buildings.

The Office of the University Architect A/E Design Guidelines outline criteria for LCCA in campus projects.

01 81 13 SUSTAINABLE DESIGN REQUIREMENTS
018113.1 Per the University’s sustainable initiatives, each new building construction project, renovation, or retrofit, will require a life‐cycle cost analysis (LCCA) to be undertaken by a qualified engineer or architect and in accordance with the standards established in ORC 3345.69. This will include an energy systems analysis and the results of these analyses will be a primary decision in developing the project design. The purpose of this section shall be to minimize energy consumption in University facilities in a cost effective manner and to make decisions of the most effective ways to reduce energy.


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:

A number of standard practices for evaluating chemically intensive products and services are in place for cleaning, maintenance and landscaping, but none have been formally published to date.


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:

The Office of the University Architect A/E Design Guidelines outline sustainability criteria for construction and renovation products. Relevant sections are included below:

018113.3 Where possible, materials are to be specified to meet or exceed the latest version of the USGBC’s LEED rating system Silver level or better as discussed with the OUA.

018113.4 Provide a minimum of 10 percent requirement for Regional Materials as defined by the current version of USGBC’s LEED rating system.

096500.7 Homogenous linoleum sheet flooring or homogenous linoleum tile made of natural materials is acceptable when rated for extra heavy commercial traffic.  A minimum of 45% post‐industrial recycled content is recommended.

030000.5 Exposed concrete floors shall be specified with integral finish and hardener treatment.  Separate topping is prohibited.  A/E shall specify clear VOC‐compliant water based sealant in Division 9. 

099100.8 Preferred paint product is Sherwin Williams Harmony, which contains the following properties:
A. Zero VOCs
B. Colorants that do not add VOCs when tinted
C. Anti‐microbial
D. Formaldehyde reducing technology
E. Odor eliminating technology
F. ASTM D‐2486 Average Scrub Results: 1,000 cycles.
G. ASTM D‐4828 Average Washability Results:  Good/3.2

099700.2 Mechanical room and other service room floors in all buildings shall be completely sealed from water and moisture penetration to the floors below.  Coating shall meet current VOC requirements set by the EPA for special coatings.

A/E Design Guidelines
http://www.csuohio.edu/sites/default/files/AE%20DESIGN%20GUIDELINES_2017.05.05.pdf

Finish Standards
https://www.csuohio.edu/sites/default/files/CSU%20FINISH%20STANDARS_2015.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:

All computers and monitors purchased by the Information Services and Technology (IS&T) department are Energy Star® rated.

CSU computers come with a sleep mode or power management feature. IS&T installs and configures the power-down feature on all CSU owned PCs.


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:

Fifteen per cent of the annual total aggregate purchases of services are to be set aside for bidding only to Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs).

CSU requires a minimum 5% participation rate in the Encouraging Growth, Diversity & Equity (EDGE) Program for the acquisition of professional services. EDGE is Ohio's procurement preference program for minority-owned, women-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses.

For all Requests for Qualifications, submissions are required to identify the EDGE-certified Business Enterprises by name, which will participate in the delivery of the proposed professional services solicited in the RFQ.


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:

CSU policy dictates that 75% of new vehicles purchased for the CSU motor pool will be alternative fueled vehicles in accordance with EPAct standards.


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating wood and paper products?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for wood and paper products:
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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:

Finish Standards have been developed by the Office of the University Architect. Environmental factors such as recycled content and indoor air quality were included in determining recommended products.

096800.3 Carpet shall meet the minimum specified requirements:
A. Construction:  tufted or woven
B. Fiber system:  premium fiber system (such as Antron Legacy or Lumina) is preferred
C. Recycling:  carpet to contain recycled content, is recyclable, and meets LEED standards
D. Maintenance:  carpet shall generally have a stain resistance and soil resistance
E. Warranty:  must meet or exceed a 10 year warranty
F. Indoor air quality:  meets LEED standards

096800.10 In renovation situations, A/E shall specify that all removed carpet shall be recycled in a program by or similar to Shaw (http://www.shawcontractgroup.com/Html/EnvironmentalReclamationRecycling).

096800.8 Low VOC adhesives are required.  All adhesive materials, accessories, and application equipment shall be as approved by the carpet manufacturer.

129300.3 Benches:  LandscapeForms Gretchen, with back, no arms, 72” length, Polysite slats (wood‐look recycled plastic), Silver powdercoat finish.

129300.4 Trash Receptacles:  LandscapeForms Gretchen, with cover/side hole, 30 gallon capacity, Polysite slats (wood‐look recycled plastic), Silver powdercoat finish.


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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