Procurement has generally been viewed as a behind-the-scenes process that many students aren't directly involved with, and therefore it hasn’t always received appropriate attention as a key contributor to our campus sustainability initiatives. Green Purchasing refers to the procurement of products and services that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. UCSC Procurement works with suppliers to encourage waste reduction - especially in packaging an GHG emissions by consolidating purchases to minimize truck deliveries. Procurement works to negotiate the most competitive pricing on most environmentally preferred products (EPP) for widely used items such as paper, computers and janitorial supplies. They also, in competitive bidding, grade suppliers on their sustainable business practices as well as the products. It is crucial we consider the carbon footprint and other impacts of the goods we purchase and consume and the service providers we enlist.
Vision: Require every employee on campus to be educated on the topic of “green washing.”
“Green washing” refers to companies and products that appear to be eco-friendly by not providing all the information. These products promote rather than reduce consumerism.
Vision: Create a student internship to work on making purchasing more sustainable - a liaison position to connect organizations on the coordination of purchasing.
PSI or CUIP for sustainable purchasing could connect with SSAs and initiate conversation with campus community. PSI position currently does not require the intern to connect with other organizations.
This position could encompass these actions:
Green Purchasing Working Group (GPWG) & The Green Purchasing Guide: https://financial.ucsc.edu/Pages/Purchasing_GreenPurchasing.aspx
UCSC PRocurement Services- Cruzbuy: http://cruzbuy.ucsc.edu/
UCSC Campus Surplus Store: http://receiving.ucsc.edu/surplus/surplusstore.html
UCSC Green Office Certification Program (GOC): http://sustainability.ucsc.edu/about/student-staff/greenoffices/
Monterey Bay Area Green Business Certification Program: http://www.montereybaygreenbusiness.org/
Greenwashing online training tool at the UC Learning Center: http://projectclearinghouse.ucsc.edu/greenwashing-training-tool-goes-viral
The Green Purchasing Working Group (GPWeG) promotes sustainable purchasing campuswide through outreach and collaboration.
In 2013, the Green Purchasing Guide on UCSC's Financial Affairs website was lanched which was a major factor in the campus's 71% increase in EPP purchases since 2009.
GPWeG's 2012 Provost's Sustainability Intern (PSI) developed a "greenwashing" awareness program that will be made available to the entire campus community.
Campus Sustainability Plan
Increase the number of Environmentally Preferred Products (EPP) the campus purchases.
Educate the campus community through effective outreach and collaboration to institutionalize sustainable procurement practices.
Engage suppliers to develop strategies that promote sustainable procurement practices within the supply chain and measure those suppliers to agreed standards.