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RPN Guidance Earns STARS Credit

December 04, 2007

Source: www.aashe.net

The draft Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) 0.4 by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) includes 8 possible credits, with a total of twelve points, for environmentally preferable purchasing in the Operations section of the rating system.

To earn the first of those 8 credits, OP Credit 5, a university must adopt a campus-wide environmentally preferable purchasing plan that is consistent with Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Green Guardian Responsible Purchasing Guide, and/or North American Green Purchasing Initiative (NAGPI) guidance.

In the current STARS Draft 0.4, institutions may earn some of the remaining Purchasing credits, OP Credits 6-12, through purchase of Green Seal, ENERGY STAR, EPEAT, and FSC qualified products. Other points are awarded for local and organic food purchases and meat-free dining options.

To learn more about building a successful responsible purchasing plan or the standards referenced in STARS, visit RPN's General Purchasing Guide.

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