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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 67.06
Liaison Allie Schwartz
Submission Date April 14, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Columbia University
OP-15: Inclusive and Local Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Hugh Horowitz
Executive Director
Purchasing
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated intent to support disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local community-based businesses?:
Yes

A copy of the policy, guidelines or directive governing inclusive and local purchasing:
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The policy, guidelines or directive governing inclusive and local purchasing:

Storeroom Solutions shall be responsible to procure and source Items from a certified minority, woman-owned, local suppliers (MWL), in a manner consistent with COLUMBIA’s strategic goals. These goals will be reviewed by COLUMBIA and updated annually as required no later than 30 days from the Anniversary date of this AGREEMENT.

A minority owned supplier is defined as at least 51% of the business is owned by a United States Citizen or a Naturalized Citizen who is African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American, Asian-Pacific American or Asian-Indian American under the day-to-day control and guidance of a minority group member. 
A woman owned supplier is defines as at least 51% of the business is owned and controlled by one or more women who are U.S. citizens or Legal Resident Aliens; whose business formation and principal place of business are in the US or its territories; and whose management and daily operation is controlled by one or more of the women owners.
Local businesses are defined as businesses located in the New York Empowerment Zone which is within the zip codes 10025 – 10027, 10029 – 10035, 10037, 10039, 10040, 10451, 10454, 10455 and 10474.
If a firm is double certified meaning a minority and woman-owned business the business will be deemed a minority owned business for purposes of Section 5.3.
Storeroom Solutions will provide an MWL mentoring program for suppliers within the NYEZ during the term of this AGREEMENT. Such mentoring program will provide for the development and growth of suppliers Storeroom Solutions identifies. Storeroom Solutions will identify at least one (1) MWL per year of this AGREEMENT. Storeroom Solutions will provide the supplier and COLUMBIA with a detailed mentoring plan with clear milestones and metrics.
Storeroom Solutions will meet with COLUMBIA quarterly to review its progress to date on MWL initiatives.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (inclusive and local expenditures)?:
Yes

The percentage of total purchases from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises and/or local community-based businesses:
27

The website URL where information about the institution’s inclusive and local purchasing policies and/or program is available:

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