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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 73.90
Liaison Pegah Djamzad
Submission Date Oct. 5, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Simon Fraser University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Mary Aylesworth
Director
Financial Operations
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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:

SFU's Ethical Procurement Policy (AD 11.21) provides a set of Guiding Principles for University purchasing practices and a Set of Guidelines and Procedures which will describe the current applicable labour standards, scope of application, implementation, compliance and verification procedures and processes that are to be adhered to by Suppliers and Licensees of specified goods and services to/of the University.
http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/administrative/ad11-21.html#principles


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:

SFU's Facilities Services, specifically the Mechanical, Electrical, Preventative Maintenance and Energy team employ LCCA as a standard practice when procuring for energy- and water-using items such as: lighting, motor and controls, compressors and evaporators. By setting strict performance specifications in RFP SFU is able to take the total cost of ownership into account when buying equipment and furnishings.


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:

SFU's most recent janitorial contract included a sustainability requirement that read "The successful Proponent will be required to comply with the University’s sustainability goals, including a corporate and local sustainability commitment(s), operational sustainability practices, industry leadership and other innovative activities or practices that align with and/or would advance the University’s stated goals related to sustainability. Application of such programs like: AASHE, (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) criteria for Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing if preferred.

Additionally, a Life Cycle Sustainability Tool was included within the RFP to assess compliance with SFU sustainability standards. Chemical specific requirements included preference for certified cleaning products certified by third party organizations such as EcoLogo and Green Seal, biologically based 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:

SFU's 5 Year Capital Plan states that all future projects will be executed in accordance with campus planning principles, design standards and functional requirements, and the government mandate to achieve LEED Gold, or equivalent, for new construction and LEED Silver for major renovation and renewal projects.
https://www.sfu.ca/fs/planning/universitys-five-year-capital-plan.html


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:

SFU's most recent Multi-Function Devices RFP included a sustainability requirement in the form of an impact assessment which was used within the decision making process. Language used in RFP included questions on energy, maintenance, waste, paper, toner among others. Sustainability related requirements included: energy - all devices must be EPEAT registered, preferably gold level, toner cartridges should be remanufactured, contain recycled content, or bio-based ink, vendor required to prepare plan for responsible handling o paper, ink/toner waste, and all packaging - including a take-back and recycling program for all used toner/ink cartridges and all packaging involved during the shipping and delivery of materials, etc.


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:

All existing and incoming food vendors on SFU's campus and UniverCity, are required to adhere to the SFU Vendor and Catering Food Packaging Guidelines. The purpose of the SFU Vendor and Catering Food Packaging Guidelines is to ensure that all food packaging given to customers on SFU campuses is either recyclable or compostable in alignment with SFU’s current Zero Waste system.


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?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for wood and paper products:
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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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For questions regarding LCCA please contact:
Wells Song, Facilities Services Procurement Officer

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.