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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 67.20
Liaison Suzanne Hansen
Submission Date May 31, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Macalester College
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Matt Rumpza
Purchasing and AP Manager
Purchasing and Accounts Payable
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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:

Macalester College Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines
Institutional Purchasing Guidelines
(from the Business Services "Policies, Guidelines and Resources" webpage)

Whenever possible, Macalester wishes to minimize its footprint through purchasing. This
comes in the form of purchasing materials from recycled content or materials that can be recycled or composted.

To further align with the College’s values of multiculturalism, internationalism, and service to society, Macalester encourages responsible and ethical sourcing of all the materials that end up on our campus. This includes attention to the Worker’s Rights Consortium.

In comparison to other institutions, Macalester is in a uniquely located in a thriving urban environment. To stimulate growth and a robust economy around Macalester College, the College encourages using our small, local neighbors whenever possible.


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 a leader, Macalester took the necessary steps to build Markim Hall – a certified LEED Platinum building on campus. It is with the construction of this facility that LCCA became more prevalent on campus. With the addition of the Energy Manager position to Macalester – particularly as it pertains to Facilities Services purchasing and projects – LCCA has been incorporated more frequently into project discussions. Macalester continues to shape our future building projects using the Minnesota B3 Building Guidelines. Macalester also considers LCCA in purchasing electronics and selecting electronic waste recycling vendors.


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:

Macalester College uses:
• Green Seal Certified cleaning products, as permitted by law and regulations.
• Sphagnum Moss to reduce the amount of chlorine used by the College’s pool in the Leonard Center.


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:

Macalester carefully considers its actions when renovating, demolishing, or constructing new facilities. The College’s first step towards building standards came with the construction of the LEED Platinum building Markim Hall; although Macalester does not have plans to build another structure to undergo the same certification process, Macalester adopted the Minnesota B3 Building Guidelines after the Markim Hall project.

When renovating existing spaces outside of construction projects Macalester uses:
• Low VOC paint
• Low footprint carpet like Ecoworx or carpet that is Cradle to Cradle certified whenever the circumstances permit


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:

Macalester College Information Technology Services employs several sustainable purchasing and LCCA practices.

• Purchase Energy Star and EPEAT products when offered for a particular installation.
• Purchase 100% Post-Consumer content paper from a local mill for all printing in public ITS and Library computer labs
• Purchase 100% plant-based toners for all ITS printers in public computer labs
• Electronic Waste Recyclers are R2 and NAID certified
• Recycles plastic bags and polystyrene from packaging


Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating food services (i.e. franchises, vending services, concessions, convenience stores)?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for food services:

Macalester College has been able to make great advancements towards its goal of Zero Waste by 2020 because of our vendor’s willingness to exclusively serve food using compostable wares.


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:

The athletics department and bookstore purchase in accordance with the WRC guidelines.


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:

Macalester has the unique geographical location that other institutions do not in the fact that it has direct access to public transit, which is encouraged whenever possible. This is financially encouraged through subsidizing bus passes.

Several years ago, with the installation of the new boiler, Macalester committed to more responsible fuel purchasing by only allowing the purchase of #2 fuel oil and no longer purchases or burns the more carbon-intensive #6.


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:

• Document Services exclusively purchases 100% Post-Consumer content paper for use in their production spaces.
• Information Technology Services exclusively purchases local 100% Post-Consumer Content paper for use in ITS and Library public printing labs.
• Letterhead is 100% Post-Consumer content 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:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Please note that the WRC reference is in the policy language.

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.