Environmentally Sound Purchasing
In order to identify environmentally sound products. Vendors are requested to provide quotations, bids, proposals, and when necessary, alternative quotations, bids, or proposals in addition to the specified product if the specified product itself does not contain the maximum level of post-consumer recyclable waste and/or recyclable content.
For appliances and equipment, the Vendor shall provide products that earn the Energy Star and meet the Energy Star specifications for energy efficiency. The vendor is encouraged to visit www.energystar.gov for complete product specifications and updated lists of qualifying products.
must contain evidence that the
product(s) recommended contain the maximum level of post consumer recyclable waste and/or content and Energy Star compliant. Provide attachment as necessary.
- Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) - A product or service that has a lesser or reduced impact on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serves the same purpose.
- Energy Star - A U.S. federal government standard applied to appliances and equipment for the purpose of rating the energy efficiency of the equipment. To earn the Energy Star label, appliances and equipment must meet strict energy efficiency criteria set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the U.S. Department of Energy. Energy Star appliances and equipment use 10 to 50 percent less energy and water than non-Energy Star products.
Whenever possible and economical, specifications are amended to provide for expanded use of products and services that contain the maximum level of post-consumer recyclable waste and/or recyclable content, without significantly affecting the intended use of the product or service.
Criteria used to evaluate products and/or services include, but are not limited to:
- Performance, specifically including efficiency
- Natural resource use and waste reduction, including recycled content, transportation and packaging reduction
- Recyclability or biodegradability, including the cost of traditional disposal
- Purchase Price
These criteria also reflect the basic ideas of life cycle assessment (LCA). When considering a product the College will consider the manufacture of the product, from extraction of its raw materials and the methods used in manufacture, through its distribution and shipping, to its use, possible re-use or recycling, and its eventual disposal. This reflects the complete cost, in both financial and environmental terms of a product and its impacts. LCC requests that Vendors provide information regarding the above criteria on the products and services being recommended to the College to facilitate this evaluation.
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