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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-16: Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alistair Hall
Sustainability Assistant
Dean of Strategic Planning
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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):

The College looks at the total cost of ownership for major purchases in our vehicle fleet, building maintenance, water and energy systems. There are college standards across campus that allow for easier repair work on HVAC systems, water heaters, plumbing, lighting, and more.

In the process of replacing a vehicle owned by the institution, we would evaluate expected future maintenance on the old vehicle compared to the cost to acquire a new vehicle net of trade in value. An inventory of our vehicle fleet is on file that tracks running and maintenance costs.

In the analysis of new custodial equipment – a possible question would be : “will it allow for the need for less chemical cleaner, possibly reducing supply costs and being better for the working environment (for both cleaners and office workers at the same time)”

In an analysis of Grounds purchasing a new mower, we will ask, “does the purchase enable better organic landscaping techniques? (This purchase may align with our initiative to increase sustainable practices and providing cost savings with a reduced need for harsh fertilizers etc.)


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