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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 53.23
Liaison Ryan Kmetz
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

St. Lawrence University
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 3.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

St. Lawrence's Purchasing Department uses the following sustainable procurement practices:

Sustainability Evaluation - Vendors who respond to requests for proposals (RFPs) are asked how they incorporate sustainability into their operations and how they will support SLU's sustainability goals
Recycled Content - The standard copier/printer paper used on campus is 50% post-consumer recycled content, our toilet paper and paper towels are 100% post-consumer recycled content
Reduced Packaging - Many orders received by the warehouse are bulk orders and packaged minimally, for example the SPLOX copier paper is delivered in 2,500 sheet box rather than in reams
Environmentally Friendly Packaging - Office supply boxes are taken back by the vendor to be reused for other orders, the Dining Center uses compostable bags
Less Toxic Chemicals - Whenever possible we evaluate the feasibility of less toxic product substitutions
Small Business & MWBE Program - Purchasing as mechanism to further economic and social development

http://www.stlawu.edu/green-pages/purchasing


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:

The University Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) maintains published policies related to the chemically intensive products and services (http://www.stlawu.edu/environmental-health-and-safety/environmental-health-and-safety-policies) . Specifically, the St. Lawrence University Waste Management and Minimization Plan provides staff and faculty with measures to take to evaluate chemically intensive products (i.e. "Substitute Non-Hazardous of Less Hazardous Materials for Hazardous Ones").

Additionally, the EHS office also has a published policy for Integrated Pest Management (http://www.stlawu.edu/sites/default/files/resource/ipm%20%28december%202006%29-1_0.pdf) . This policy states " [our goal] is a concentrated effort to reduce and minimize the use of toxic/hazardous chemical herbicides/pesticides (H/P) to a level considered to be absolutely minimal to insure proper maintenance of lawns, shrubs and trees."


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

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)?:
Yes

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

Sustainability Evaluation - Vendors who respond to requests for proposals (RFPs) are asked how they incorporate sustainability into their operations and how they will support SLU's sustainability goals


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.