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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 63.92
Liaison Rania Assariotaki
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

The American College of Greece
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Ourania Assariotaki
Sustainability Manager
Office of Public Affairs
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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:

The attached document is a supplement to the full ACG Purchasing Policy document that appears in the "Optional Fields " section below.


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:

As Documented in the attached Purchasing Policy Document:
"Purchase products containing fewer toxic constituents:
Products with fewer or no toxic chemicals can reduce hazardous waste disposal, future liability concerns, and the risk of occupational exposure and spills.
Cross-sector:
- Environmental Choice www.ecologo.org
- Green Guard www.greenguard.org
- Green Seal www.greenseal.org
- Scientific Certification Systems www.scsglobalservices.com"


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:

Waste: The institution strongly desires to minimize the amount of waste sent to landfills. Both the product purchased and the packaging materials associated with it should be minimized to prevent waste as much as possible. Environmental performance of the supplier and/or producer should
PROCURE PRODUCTS CERTIFIED TO MEET SUSTAINABILITY STANDARDS, WHENEVER PRACTICABLE
Building Practices and Indoor Air Quality:
- Green Building Council (LEED) www.usgbc.org/leed
Guidelines and Recommendations: Purchasing & Supply Services will make every effort to secure contracts with suppliers that are socially and environmentally conscientious and certified green.
- ACG will promote the use of recycled and other environmentally preferable products.
- Purchase recycled and environmentally preferable products whenever practicable, like hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles.
Socially Responsible/Ethical Purchasing Standards: Commitment to sustainability, safe and healthy workplaces for the people who make the products. For additional information regarding the importance of ethical purchasing:
- Verite (www.verite.org)


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:

Environmentally Preferred Procurement: ACG will identify and promote environmentally responsible procurement by featuring sustainable products and services, practices, processes, and procedures
Environmental impact should be considered in purchasing decisions, when appropriate. ACG encourages departments to consider the use of products and services that impact the environment less than competing products, when it is a good best value decision to do so. A good best value decision based on a thorough total cost of ownership analysis considers the initial cost of the item as well as factors such as:
Energy Efficiency: Purchase equipment that is Energy Star-rated (or, if there is no Energy Star rating, equipment that is highly energy efficient). Energy Star is a program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Electronics and Appliances:
- Energy Star www.energystar.gov/purchasing
- Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) - www.epeat.net


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:

The American College of Greece is committed to conducting its procurement business in an ethical, legal and socially responsible manner and expects its suppliers to share this commitment and, therefore, has established this Supplier Code of Ethical Conduct. All ACG suppliers must meet the following minimum requirements in order to do business with the University.

As an institution dedicated to the search for truth through teaching, scholarship, and research, The American College of Greece is committed to excellence and integrity in all its endeavors. In this way, ACG will maintain the trust and confidence of both the ACG community and the public. The ACG’s reputation is one of its most valuable assets. Persons or entities that do business with ACG (hereinafter “a Supplier” or “Suppliers”) are expected to carry out their business with the ACG with diligence and professionalism and to comply with the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and fairness. This includes, but is not limited to, being respectful of the rights of others and forthright in all dealings with members of the ACG community as well as third parties; protecting the privacy of confidential information; and compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

Conflicts of Interest: Trustees, officers, and employees of The American College of Greece serve the public trust and are required to fulfill their responsibilities with care and loyalty and for the sole purpose of advancing the institution’s best interests. The integrity of ACG must be protected at all times, and the fiduciary relationship of trustees, officers, employees to ACG must be honored in both actuality and appearance. A conflict of interest exists when a representative’s direct or indirect personal interests are inconsistent with or interfere with the best interests of the institution. To avoid such conflicts, Suppliers shall disclose to the institution


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:

Guidelines and Recommendations: Purchasing & Supply Services will make every effort to secure contracts with suppliers that are socially and environmentally conscientious and certified green.
- ACG will promote the use of recycled and other environmentally preferable products.
- Purchase recycled and environmentally preferable products whenever practicable, like hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the published sustainability criteria for other commodity categories:

Shipping Materials: Purchase products that are shipped in containers that are returnable or reusable and made from recycled content (i.e. cardboard boxes). Also request bulk packaging when multiple items are ordered for delivery at the same time.


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

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.