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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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University of Washington, Seattle
OP-16: Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Claudia Christensen
Procurement Manager
Procurement Services
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Does the the institution employ Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) as a matter of policy and practice when evaluating energy and water-using products and systems?:
Yes

Does the institution employ LCCA as a matter of policy and practice across the operations of the entire institution (i.e. all divisions)?:
Yes

A brief description of the LCCA policy(ies) and practice(s):

University Purchasing Policy: Product stewardship will be a factor when selecting products. The real or full costs of including life cycle or eco costs will be considered.
Suppliers shall be required, upon request, to provide within a reasonable timeframe, information to enable a life cycle assessment, including material sources, extraction, fabrication and transportation to assess their impact on the environment
http://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/green-purchasing/policy-and-guidelines

State of Wshington Legislative declaration 39.35B.020
The legislature declares that:
(1) It is the policy of the state to consider life-cycle costs in the selection of facility design alternatives, to the full extent practical, reasonable, and cost-effective;
(2) Life-cycle cost should be considered by the state government, school districts, and state universities and community colleges in the planning, design, and funding for new construction or major renovations; and
(3) Use of life-cycle cost should be encouraged for cities, counties, and other governmental districts including special purpose districts.
It is the intent of the legislature to:

Intent:
(1) Expand the definition and use of "life-cycle cost" and "life-cycle cost analysis" to include consideration of all operating costs, as opposed to only energy-related costs as addressed by chapter 39.35 RCW;

(2) Encourage the recognition, development, and use of life-cycle cost concepts and procedures by both the executive and legislative branches in the state's design development and capital budgeting processes;

(3) Ensure the dissemination and use of a common and realistic discount rate by all state agencies in the calculation of the present value of future costs;

(4) Allow and encourage the executive branch to develop specific techniques and procedures for the state government and its agencies, and state universities and community colleges to implement this policy; and

(5) Encourage cities, counties, and other governmental districts including special purpose districts to adopt programs and procedures to implement this policy.


The website URL where information about the institution’s LCCA policies and practices is available:

In addtion to Life Cycle Cost Analysis, our internal Policies and Procedures provides guidance and examples of how to perform a LCCA for specific commodities.

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