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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 61.37
Liaison Preston Jacobsen
Submission Date April 3, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
OP-11: Sustainable Procurement

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 3.00 Preston Jacobsen
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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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:
The policies, guidelines or directives:

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY: The University of Tennessee, consistent with state and federal law, seeks to optimize business opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses. The university will seek to do business with firms and organizations that demonstrate and embrace diversity within their programs and policies. Through these efforts The University of Tennessee will actively pursue its goal of building a more
reflective marketplace for the community within the State of Tennessee.


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:

The state chief procurement officer will determine which commodities and products may be bought according to energy efficiency standards. The state must adopt rules and regulations relative to energy efficiency standards for major energy-consuming products. Life cycle costs are to be used in contracting for major energy-consuming products. In determining life cycle costs, the state may consider:

-Acquisition cost of the product,
-Energy consumption and projected cost of energy over the useful life of the product, and
-The expected re-sale or salvage value of the product.

Except where prohibited by private act or state law, the municipality must adopt the energy efficiency standards and life cycle costing employed by the state. The municipality may develop and adopt its own energy efficiency standards, provided they are more stringent than the state standards.


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:

Though the university does not have formal published sustainability criteria for chemically intensive products, UT is dedicated to a clean, safe, and accessible study and work environment. The Green Cleaning Program began at the university in 2006 when we became the first university in the nation to be Green Seal Cleaning Certified.


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:

The University of Tennessee abides by the State of Tennessee Sustainable Design Guidelines. The Tennessee SDG is a project approved by the State Building Commission that is to be utilized by Real Property Administration (RPA), Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), and the University of Tennessee (UT) as part of their designer manuals as a minimum standard and guideline for designers to insure that the principles of good sustainable design and construction practices are being implemented on State of Tennessee projects. See https://tn.gov/assets/entities/generalservices/stream/attachments/080728_State_of_TN_Sustainable_Design_Guidelines_v5.pdf


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:

Per the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Energy Conservation Policy, ENERGY STAR qualified equipment, systems and appliances (see http://www.energystar.gov) shall
be purchased whenever such products are available and the following two conditions are satisfied:
1) The quality and function of the ENERGY STAR qualified product is equal or superior to that
of non-ENERGY STAR qualified products; and,
2) The additional upfront cost of the ENERGY STAR qualified product is less than its resulting
lifecycle energy savings.
If it is not possible to satisfy both of these conditions, then the most energy efficient-equipment,
systems and appliances possible shall be purchased.
Energy-efficient flat panel computer monitors shall be purchased unless medical, instructional,
research or other special requirements necessitate the use of less efficient CRT monitors.


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:

Yes. UT Facilities Planning oversees architectural and engineering projects for the university. For large scale projects, professional service proposals must follow the policies outlined in the State of Tennessee Sustainable Design Guidelines. See http://facilitiesplanning.utk.edu/DManual/Chap3%20Design%20v4%20Dec13.pdf for more details on the guidelines for the Design/Bid/Build projects.

http://facilitiesplanning.utk.edu/links_designersmanual.html


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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