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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 66.74
Liaison joni newcomer
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2017
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STARS v2.1

New Mexico State University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 joni newcomer
Mgr. Env. Policy and Sustainability
Facilities and Services
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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:

We follow the Code of Ethics of UPPCC. NMSU's sustainability purchasing guidelines are found here: https://af.nmsu.edu/bpm/bpm-4/#46


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:

Information and analysis are used to evaluate performance and drive future performance improvements. Of interest are the types of tools used (e.g., peer comparative data clarified and validated through benchmarking), and how the tools are used to enhance organizational performance. Various aspects of information include facilities inspections and audits, financial/expenditure reports, utility data, and other relevant measures and indicators. Our APPA "Award for Excellence" report that clarifies our Life Cycle Cost Analysis process is here: https://facilities.nmsu.edu/appa-award/appa-4/


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:

Our Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Office has many standards and criteria in regard to evaluating chemically intensive products. Since we are a research university we have many labs with chemicals and all labs work very closely with EHS. Our custodial services has a green cleaning policy and have written policy and contracts with green cleaning chemical companies. Our grounds department has an IPM policy that we use whenever possible. Part of that policy is a clear awareness of purchasing green landscape maintenance chemicals and products.


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:

Our published policy is the Green Building Design Guidelines that the sustainability manager is currently writing. Even without the guidelines, the Facilities and Services Operations department along with the Project Design and Engineering group, have as policy the purchasing and use of green building materials whenever possible.


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:

From our Sustainable Purchasing document: "NMSU will strive to purchase only ENERGY STAR® or EPEAT computers and appliances or those certified by the federal Energy Management Program as energy efficient." Website with all the necessary information for this credit: https://af.nmsu.edu/bpm/bpm-4/#46


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for garments and linens:

As stated on our Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines, the purchase of garments and linens must meet the following criteria: products that: are durable, as opposed to single use or disposable items; are made of a majority recycled materials, maximizing post-consumer content; are non-toxic or minimally toxic, preferably biodegradable; are energy efficient in production and use; can be recycled; however if not recyclable, must be able to be disposed of safely; are made from raw materials obtained in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner; are manufactured in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner by companies with good environmental and social practices; complies with ISO 14001 standards; cause minimal or no environmental damage during normal use or maintenance; are shipped with minimal packaging (consistent with care of the product) preferably made of recycled and/or recyclable materials; conserve natural resources; reduce the amount of water and energy during use and manufacturing; and reduce materials that are placed in landfills


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:

We have a well-tested and successful program for evaluating professional services, particularly for selecting architects and engineers. Part of the selection criteria is asking their knowledge of sustainability and green buildings.

From our Sustainable Purchasing website: "Request for Proposals may also request and encourage responses that bring forward ideas to promote sustainability and recycled products. Additionally, vendors will be asked to provide responses that consider, and deploy where practicable, the Energy Efficiency incentive programs of El Paso Electric Company and all other energy service providers and manufacturers. Vendors will be instructed to provide information on waste minimization, recycled content and recyclability of products and equipment. Evaluation criteria include an element to award points to responses that employ sustainability features."

These are legal state-mandated forms and evaluation criteria. https://purchasing.nmsu.edu/


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:

4.46 SUSTAINABILITY PURCHASING POLICY
All university departments and offices that make purchases of goods and services or that contract with others to make purchases are encouraged to purchase and use of materials, products and services that best align with the University’s commitment to protect and enhance the environment.

Sustainable purchasing is the practice of procuring goods and services that causes less harm to the environment and the procuring of products that are manufactured with more environmentally-friendly materials or which are produced with minimal impact to the environment.

NMSU encourages suppliers to provide products and services to meet the environmental objectives of NMSU.

NMSU will strive to purchase transportation products that:
1. Are durable, as opposed to single use or disposable items
2. Are made of a majority recycled materials, maximizing post-consumer content
3. Are non-toxic or minimally toxic, preferably biodegradable
4. Are energy efficient in production and use
5. Can be recycled; however if not recyclable, must be able to be disposed of safely
6. Are made from raw materials obtained in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner
7. Are manufactured in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner by companies with good environmental and social practices
8. Complies with ISO 14001 standards
9. Cause minimal or no environmental damage during normal use or maintenance
10. Conserve natural resources
11. Reduce the amount of water and energy during use and manufacturing
12. Reduce materials that are placed in landfills

Sustainable Products
When determining whether a product is sustainable, the following will be considered:
• Biobased
• Biodegradable
• Carcinogen-free
• Chlorofluorocarbon free
• “Heavy material” free (i.e. no lead, mercury, cadmium)
• Made from renewable materials
• Compostable
• Low toxicity
• Recycled content
• Rechargeable (batteries and other items)
• Reduced packaging
• Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
• Energy, resource and water efficient

NMSU Purchasing will encourage sustainability initiatives and ask experts from University Departments and Office of Sustainability to assist in identifying and contributing to bid specifications that encourage sustainability products and services.

Potential evaluation criteria when comparing bids and proposals for determining if a product or service has environmentally preferable attributes:
• Internal mechanisms to show sustainability practices
• Minimization of virgin material used in product or service life cycle
• Maximization of recycled materials used in product or service life cycle
• Reuse of existing products or material in product or service life cycle
• Life cycle economics of products and services
• Reduction of energy and fuel consumption
• Durability and minimal maintenance requirements
• Ultimate disposal of the product
• Reduce transportation emissions

NMSU's sustainability purchasing guidelines are found here: https://af.nmsu.edu/bpm/bpm-4/#46


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:

4.46 SUSTAINABILITY PURCHASING
All university departments and offices that make purchases of goods and services or that contract with others to make purchases are encouraged to purchase and use of materials, products and services that best align with the University’s commitment to protect and enhance the environment.
Sustainable purchasing is the practice of procuring goods and services that causes less harm to the environment and the procuring of products that are manufactured with more environmentally-friendly materials or which are produced with minimal impact to the environment.
NMSU encourages suppliers to provide products and services to meet the environmental objectives of NMSU.
NMSU will strive to purchase wood and paper products that:
16. Are durable, as opposed to single use or disposable items
17. Are made of a majority recycled materials, maximizing post-consumer content
18. Are non-toxic or minimally toxic
19. Are energy efficient in production
20. Can be recycled; however if not recyclable, must be able to be disposed of safely
21. Are made from raw materials obtained in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner
22. Are manufactured in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner by companies with good environmental and social practices
23. Complies with ISO 14001 standards
24. Cause minimal or no environmental damage during normal use or maintenance
25. Shipped with minimal packaging (consistent with care of the product) preferably made of recycled and/or recyclable materials
26. Conserve natural resources
27. Reduce the amount of water and energy during manufacturing
28. Reduce materials that are placed in landfills
29. Meet Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification if products are wood or contain wood products
Sustainable Products
When determining whether a product is sustainable, the following will be considered:
• Biobased
• Biodegradable
• Carcinogen-free
• Chlorofluorocarbon free
• “Heavy material” free (i.e. no lead, mercury, cadmium)
• Made from renewable materials
• Compostable
• Low toxicity
• Recycled content
• Reduced packaging
• Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
• Energy, resource and water efficient
NMSU Purchasing will encourage sustainability initiatives and ask experts from University Departments and Office of Sustainability to assist in identifying and contributing to bid specifications that encourage sustainability products and services.

Request for Proposals may also request and encourage responses that bring forward ideas to promote sustainability and recycled products. Vendors will be instructed to provide information on waste minimization, recycled content and recyclability of products and equipment.
Potential evaluation criteria when comparing bids and proposals for determining if a product has environmentally preferable attributes:
• Internal mechanisms to show sustainability practices
• Minimization of virgin material used in product or service life cycle
• Maximization of recycled materials used in product or service life cycle
• Reuse of existing products or material in product or service life cycle
• Life cycle economics of products and services
• Durability and minimal maintenance requirements
• Ultimate disposal of the product
• Reduce transportation emissions

Please see the entire Sustainable Purchasing Policy here: https://af.nmsu.edu/bpm/bpm-4/#46


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:

NMSU's sustainability purchasing guidelines are quite broad and cover most of the commodities we would be purchasing. Our Sustainable Purchasing guidelines are found here: https://af.nmsu.edu/bpm/bpm-4/#46


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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