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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 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
OP-17: Guidelines for Business Partners

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mary Ellen Mallia
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
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How many of the institution’s business partners are covered by policies, guidelines and/or agreements that require adherence to minimum environmental standards?:
All

How many of the institution’s business partners are covered by policies, guidelines and/or agreements that require adherence to minimum standards governing employee wages, benefits, working conditions and rights?:
All

A copy of the policies, guidelines, and/or agreements with the institution's business partners (or a representative sample):
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The policies, guidelines, and/or agreements with the institution's business partners (or a representative sample):

The University at Albany has several guidelines associated with worker safety, worker compensation, working conditions environmental friendly purchasing policies and diesel emissions.

Worker Safety: Chapter 282 of the Laws of 2007, codified as Labor Law Section 220-h mandates that every worker employed in the performance of a public work project of at least $250,000 shall be certified as having completed an OSHA 10 safety training course

Prevailing Wage rate: On each pay stub contractors and subcontractors are required to provide written notice to all laborers, workers or mechanics of the prevailing wage rate for their particular job classification.

Working conditions: UAlbany follows the SUNY System's anti-sweatshop policy and a corresponding anti-sweatshop procedure. This policy and procedure are enforced on an ongoing basis, especially with apparel and sports equipment purchases originating from Athletics, Campus Recreation and Res Life.

New York State Labor Law 220 requires that:
* "No laborer, worker or mechanic in the employ of a contractor or subcontractor engaged in the performance of any public work project shall be permitted to work more than eight hours in any day or more than five days in any week, except in cases of extraordinary emergency."
It is the policy of the State University of New York (SUNY Board of Trustee Resolution June 16, 2009), to require contractors, subcontractors and licensees to certify to the adherence by manufacturers to labor standards in connection with working conditions, compensation, employee rights to form unions and the use of child labor.
http://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=670

Environmentally friendly purchases: The SUNY Standard contract clauses prohibit the purchase of tropical hardwoods. Typically, wood sourced in construction contracts is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Diesel emissions: The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act of 2006 requires contractors to certify and warrant that all heavy duty vehicles, as defined in New York State Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) section 19-0323, used by the contractors, their agents or subcontractors, comply with the specifications and provisions of section 19-0323 and any regulations promulgated pursuant thereto. Contractors unless specifically waived by Department of Environmental Conservation are required to use the Best Available Retrofit Technology and Ultra Low Sulfur Fuel. Qualification for a waiver under this law will be the sole responsibility of the contractor.


A brief description of programs and strategies institution has implemented to ensure that the guidelines are followed, including a brief description of instances when the guidelines have changed purchasing behavior, if applicable:

The Purchasing Department and Facilities Maintenance enforce the aforementioned policies and guidelines.


The website URL where information about the institution’s guidelines for its business partners is available:

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.