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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 43.94
Liaison Lisa Kawai
Submission Date June 5, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Soka University of America
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 3.00 Archibald E Asawa
Vice President for Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Board Secretary
Finance and Administration
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Does the institution have written policies, guidelines or directives that seek to support sustainable purchasing across commodity categories institution-wide?:
No

A copy of the policies, guidelines or directives:
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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:

For most purchasing decisions, we typically run a cost-benefit analysis to evaluate the different systems/solutions being proposed to see which one will most benefit the university. Payback ratios are one critierion but there are other factors, e.g., aesthetics, alignment with mission, schedule, etc. Typically if there is a specific goal such as a sustainability, we would usually include those criteria in the initial phase to insure that those goals are captured in the proposals being presented. For example, when we installed the plumbing fixtures in the newest buildings at Soka, i.e., Maathai Hall and the Performing Arts Center, we specified that we wanted to install extreme low-flow faucets, urinals and toilets. By putting these goals on the front end, we can then evaluate the proposals more on a relative cost basis since those non-cost factors have already been taking into account.


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)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for chemically intensive products and services:
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Does the institution have published sustainability criteria to be applied when evaluating construction and renovation products (e.g. furnishings and building materials)?:
No

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for construction and renovation products:
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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
+ Date Revised: Sept. 12, 2017

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

Partnering with Bon Appétit, the goal of Dining Services is to provide a unique style of restaurant quality food service, offering a variety of menus including international cuisine while aiming to strengthen our regional food systems so that everyone in our communities can eat well not just today, but for the future.


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
+ Date Revised: Sept. 12, 2017

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

According to the university's environmental policy statement, SUA requires all new campus construction to be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standard or the equivalent. 


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:
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.