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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 Bronze
Overall Score 38.32
Liaison Patrick McKee
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Eastern Kentucky University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Patrick McKee
Sustainability Manager
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:
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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:

EKU contracts with engineering partners who conduct LCCA for all major systems when recommending replacement or renovations.


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:

Within EKU's custodial and grounds contract with Aramark, green cleaning is a required practice. In EKU's Green Purchasing Policy, it is recommended that University utilize environmentally responsible biodegradable solvents and cleaners.

EKU Green Purchasing Policy: "To the extent possible, give preference to environmentally superior products, where quality, function and cost are equal or superior... Avoid the purchase and use of all potentially hazardous chemicals including pesticides and wood preservatives for which safety evaluations to current standards have not been carried out and which are known to be persistent in the environment. If no suitable alternative exists, such substances should be used under strictly controlled conditions and subject to a full environmental, health and safety assessment."


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:

EKU Green Purchasing Policy: "To the extent possible, give preference to environmentally superior products, where quality, function and cost are equal or superior. ...Promote the purchase of environmentally responsible and ergonomically designed furniture and furnishings, including floor coverings and window treatments."

EKU's Sustainable Building guidelines require:
• All new construction and major renovation building projects for the amount of $5 million or more in budget shall be designed, built, and submitted for certification to achieve a rating of Silver or higher using the LEED V4 - New Construction Project Scorecard.
• All new construction or major renovation projects for the amount of $600,000 - $5 million shall be designed, built, and submitted for review by a member of EKU’s Capital Construction & Project Administration (CCPA) team involved with the project to achieve the rating of Certified or higher using the LEED V4 - New Construction Project Scorecard.


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)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for IT products and services:
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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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for transportation and fuels:

EKU Green Purchasing Policy: "To the extent possible, give preference to environmentally superior products, where quality, function and cost are equal or superior....Purchase vehicles which maximize fuel efficiencies, utilize alternative fuel and/or alternative environmentally responsible energy methods."


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:

Green Purchasing Policy: "To the extent possible, give preference to environmentally superior products, wherequality, function and cost are equal or superior. ...Procure post-consumer recycled-content office supplies and paper, including paper towels and toilet tissue."


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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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.