Sustainability in Purchasing
The Purchasing Department has adopted the green procurement definition of the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP). Green Procurement is defined as the method wherein environmental and social considerations are taken with equal weight to the price, availability and performance criteria that colleges and universities use to make purchasing decisions. Green Purchasing minimizes negative environmental and social effects through the use of environmentally friendly products and attempts to identify and reduce environmental impact and to maximize resource efficiency.
The Purchasing Department will seek to balance environmental and fiscal responsibilities in making green purchasing decisions. The Purchasing Department is also a member of the Responsible Purchasing Network, an international network of buyers dedicated to socially responsible and environmentally sustainable purchasing.
The Importance of Green Purchasing
Green Purchasing is important to fulfilling our needs today without negatively impacting the needs of future generations. When making the decision to purchase an item, the individual should consider any adverse environmental impacts associated with the product during its full life-cycle.
Sometimes environmentally preferable products may be more expensive than alternative products. This often discourages green purchasing by departments seeking lower costing products without significant environmental benefits. Buying "greener products" doesn't necessarily mean paying more, especially when other cost factors such as life cycle, energy savings and renewable resources are considered.
Green Purchasing is the procuring of goods or services that cause less harm to the environment than their alternatives. Green products are manufactured with more environmentally-friendly materials or produced in such a way that there is minimal negative impact to the environment.
When possible, practical and feasible, Delta College will strive to select products that are:
- Durable as opposed to single use or disposable
- Non-toxic or minimally toxic, preferably biodegradable
- Energy efficient, including EnergyStar rated products
- Have a high recycled content, especially post-consumer recycled content
- Made from raw materials obtained in an environmentally sound manner
- Cause minimal or no environmental damage during normal use or maintenance, throughout their life cycle
- Shipped with minimal packaging, consistent with care of the product, preferable made of recycled and/or recyclable materials
- Made or grown locally
Products that meet the above criteria will be considered Green Products.
Delta College is committed to minimizing the College's impact on the environment. When appropriate, Delta College includes a statement in its bidding specifications that reads: "Delta College is committed to buying products with recycled content or environmentally sustainable alternatives. Please offer any alternatives that you feel are available for this product and supply all relevant specifications about the product." In addition, vendors are given opportunities to provide information on their company's overall sustainable efforts.
- All campus-standard Dell and Apple computers purchased meet the ePEAT Gold Standard, the RoJHS standard and at least EnergyStar 4 standard. Computers purchased beginning with Fall 2010 are EnergyStar 5 standard.
- All appliances and electronics procured through the College's Purchasing Department are EnergyStar rated whenever possible.
- Recycled items may be purchased through OfficeMax, the College's preferred office supply vendor. To find items that are recycled, indicate "recycled" in the advanced search options.
- Remanufactured toner cartridges are available through the College office supply vendor. In addition, departments can have their toner cartridges remanufactured/refilled by submitting a requisition and the cartridge to Business Services/Purchasing.
- Departments who purchase HP toner cartridges may recycle them by attaching the HP-provided label to the box and sending them through Shipping & Receiving. There is no charge through HP to recycle the cartridge. To recycle a non-HP toner cartridge that has no label, put the toner cartridge in the cartridge box and deliver to Business Services, with "Please Recycle/No Refill" on it.
Vendor Sustainability in Action
Delta College is committed to utilizing vendors who proactively offer sustainable options to support the environment. To view what some of these vendors are doing in the areas of sustainability and corporate citizenship, visit http://www.delta.edu/purchasing/vendor-sustainability.aspx.
Additional Information about Delta College's Commitment to the Environment
For more information on our efforts in sustainability, visit http://www.delta.edu/sustainability.aspx.
Delta College Purchasing Department
For more information, e-mail Purchasing at firstname.lastname@example.org.