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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 55.50
Liaison Alistair Hall
Submission Date July 22, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Vassar College
OP-15: Inclusive and Local Purchasing

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.36 / 1.00 Karen Gallagher
Buyer
Purchasing
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Does the institution have an institution-wide stated intent to support disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises, and/or local community-based businesses?:
Yes

A copy of the policy, guidelines or directive governing inclusive and local purchasing:
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The policy, guidelines or directive governing inclusive and local purchasing:

Vassar College recognizes the value of diversity in our community and is, therefore, committed to actively developing supplier diversity by supporting Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) and Women Business Enterprises. Vassar College is committed to providing opportunities to certified Minority & Women-owned vendors for procurement of goods and services. A variety of approaches are utilized to increase participation such as outreach, participation in vendor fairs, partnering with other educational institutions, and invitation to participate in all bid and quote invitations.

Before contracting with a minority or women-owned company, the Vassar Purchasing Department ensures that a woman or minority owns at least 51% of the company.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (inclusive and local expenditures)?:
Yes

The percentage of total purchases from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises and/or local community-based businesses:
3.62

The website URL where information about the institution’s inclusive and local purchasing policies and/or program is available:

The listed 3.62% of total purchases from disadvantaged businesses, social enterprises and/or local community-based businesses does not include local community-based businesses, and does not include possible business owners who fit the criterion but were not registered as such in the institution's purchasing records; Vassar College has at least 3.62% that can be completely verified.

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.