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Purchasing

The University of Vermont makes a strong effort to support sustainable goods and services, although many of these efforts are not specifically outlined in formal University policies.  For example, University Dining Services purchases as much local, organic, Fair Trade, and sustainably raised/harvested food for its food offerings as possible.  UVM also tries to support the local economy by purchasing many Vermont-made products and sourcing local labor.

 

OP Credit 10: Computer Purchasing (0.5/2)

Description of credit:

Note: This page displays data from a 2009 pilot study.  Updated, official data for UVM's STARS submission will be available in early 2014.

The credit can be met by either having an institution-wide purchasing policy to purchase at least Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT ) Silver level or higher rated products or if the institution purchases EPEAT Silver or Gold rated products for all its desktop, notebook and laptop computers as well as monitors.  EPEAT is a third-party rating system that evaluates desktop, notebook and laptop computers as well as monitors based on their environmental impact.

UVM's computer purchasing depot purchases mostly EPEAT Gold certified computers and displays; therefore, would earn 0.5 points for the first part of this STARS credit.  There is currently no data on the percentage of products that are Silver or Gold EPEAT certified.

UVM would receive 0.5 out of 2 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Natalie Guillette, Director
UVM Procurement Services
 

OP Credit 11: Cleaning Product Purchasing (2/2)

Description of credit:

Note: This page displays data from a 2009 pilot study.  Updated, official data for UVM's STARS submission will be available in early 2014.

UVM purchases Green SealTM certified cleaning products as well as paper towels and toilet paper that is made from 100% recycled material and is bleached without chlorine.  UVM would receive the full 2 out of 2 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Natalie Guillette, Director
UVM Procurement Services
 

OP Credit 12: Office Paper Purchasing (0/2)

Description of credit:

Note: This page displays data from a 2009 pilot study.  Updated, official data for UVM's STARS submission will be available in early 2014.

Individual departments and offices at UVM are responsible for purchasing their own paper products.  The University currently does not have a university-wide paper purchasing policy to buy recycled-content paper.  Although many departments do so, there is no data available on the percent recycled-content of the purchases.  Therefore, UVM would receive 0 out of 2 points on this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Natalie Guillette, Director
UVM Procurement Services
 
Supporting Documents:

N/A

OP Credit 13: Vendor Code of Conduct (0/1)

Description of credit:

Note: This page displays data from a 2009 pilot study.  Updated, official data for UVM's STARS submission will be available in early 2014.

Although some food vendors that UVM sub-contracts with are held accountable for sustainable practices, UVM currently does not have a university-wide vendor code of conduct for environmental and social responsibility.  UVM would receive 0 out of 1 possible points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Natalie Guillette, Director
UVM Procurement Services
 
Supporting Documents:

Tier Two Credits

Credit 1: Historically Underutilized Businesses (0/0.25)

Description of credit:

Note: This page displays data from a 2009 pilot study.  Updated, official data for UVM's STARS submission will be available in early 2014.

UVM does not preferentially seek to support historically underutilized businesses or businesses owned by minorities or women.  Therefore, UVM would receive 0 out of the possible 0.25 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Natalie Guillette, Director
UVM Procurement Services
 
Supporting Documents:

N/A

Credit 2: Local Businesses (0/0.25)

Description of credit:

Note: This page displays data from a 2009 pilot study.  Updated, official data for UVM's STARS submission will be available in early 2014.

Although UVM purchases as much local food as possible, food products are not included in this STARS credit.  UVM also supports local products and businesses in its purchases for materials for LEEDTM buildings.  However, UVM does not give preference to purchasing local products or supporting local businesses in any other purchases.  The University would receive 0 out of 0.25 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Natalie Guillette, Director
UVM Procurement Services
 
Supporting Documents: