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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 61.96
Liaison Briar Schoon
Submission Date June 30, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Portland Community College
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 3.00 Briar Schoon
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management 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:
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The policies, guidelines or directives:

In accordance with the Oregon Community College Rules of Procurement, member colleges are committed to the use and purchase of environmentally and socially responsible materials and products which are fiscally responsible, reduce resource consumption and waste, perform adequately and promote human health and well-being. Recognizing their regional economic role, colleges shall seek opportunities to educate, encourage, and influence their respective markets by utilizing, where feasible, products and services including new environmentally preferable products, reusable products, recycled content and recycled products.


Does the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) when evaluating energy- and water-using products and systems?:
No

Which of the following best describes the institution’s use of LCCA?:
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A brief description of the LCCA policy and/or practices:
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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:

Facilities Management has adopted the following policies: "Integrated Pest Management, also known as IPM, is a process for achieving long-term, environmentally sound pest suppression through a wide variety of tactics. Control strategies in an IPM Plan include structural and procedural improvements to reduce the food, water, shelter, and access used by pests. Since IPM focuses on remediation of the fundamental reasons why pests are here, pesticides are only used when necessary."

"Cleaning products and materials, including hard-floor and carpet-care products, used at PCC Campuses and Centers shall, when possible, meet the requirements of IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning, Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials.

Product types subject to these requirements include, but are not limited to, bio-enzymatic cleaners, hard-floor cleaners, carpet cleaners, general-purpose cleaners, specialty cleaners, odor control, disinfectants, disposable custodial paper products and trash bags, and hand soaps.

· The use of cleaning products that meet the Green Seal GS-37 standard for general-purpose, bathroom, glass and carpet cleaner use for industrial and institutional purposes
· Green Seal GS-40 standard for industrial and institutional floor-care products
· Other cleaning/sanitizing products must meet one or more of the following:
o Meet ECOLOGO (formerly Environmental Choice Program CCD) standards (www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/businesses/environment/services/ELmark/)

o Comply with California Code of Regulations, Title 17 Section 94509, maximum allowable volatile organic compound (VOC) levels.

· Paper products should be composed of I00% recycled content (including post-consumer waste) and be of sufficient quality to maintain tenant comfort.
· All disposable custodial paper products and trash bags meet the minimum requirements of the U.S. EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
· Reduction of overall use of liners is a primary goal.
· Hand soaps meet one or more of the following standards:
Green Seal Certified
ECOLOGO certified"

The college has also signed onto the Healthy Purchasing Coalitions commitment: "Preference for Flame Retardant-Free Furnishings."


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:

As signatories of the ACUPCC, PCC is committed to LEED Silver as minimum certification on new and renovated buildings, while actively pursuing LEED Gold.


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:

ENERGY STAR appliances (where applicable) in new construction and remodels
EPEAT Certified computers and monitors in IT purchases


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)?:
No

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

Minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled content in sanitary paper products
Minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content in Print Center fleet


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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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.