The University of Colorado is closely monitoring the situation in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank as it affects University travel. Many airlines have already cancelled or suspended flights, and traveler advisories are changing regularly. For the most up-to-date information on worldwide travel advisories and how those impact any University business travel planning, please refer to the US Department of State Travel Advisories page.
CU travelers are also encouraged to utilize ISOS Membership Services (enter CU’s Membership No. 11BCAS000006 to log in) as an additional resource. To receive updated notifications dependent on your travel destination, download the ISOS mobile app. Note: All travel booked through Concur/CBT is automatically registered with ISOS.
For questions about CU’s sustainable purchasing program, contact the Senior Director of Procurement and Sourcing, Cristal Swain.
To learn more campus specific sustainability information, visit their webpage.
- University of Colorado Boulder
- University of Colorado Colorado Springs
- University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus
- Auraria Higher Education Center
The additional resources on the right-hand side of the page are organizations or tools that support sustainable procurement work.
The table below is a sustainable purchasing framework to guide thought on different strategies to addressing purchasing behaviors.
|Behavior Change||Implement programs to shift attitudes and practices||Voluntary "green office" competitions to reduce energy and material consumption, while increasing recycling|
|Combining Actions||Combine multiple actions into a single ROI project||An energy efficient project is combined with a solar installation project. Energy savings offset the solar costs for a good ROI|
|Efficiency||Reducing impact through reduced use||Implementing procure-to-pay IT system reduces impacts associated with printing paper documents|
|In-source||In-source a function to better reduce impacts||Hiring LEED expertise in-house to optimize and streamline green building across campuses|
|Offsetting||Pay for an impact reduction to offset impacts elsewhere||Buying carbon offsets for University travel to pay for other efficiency improvement/emissions reduction programs on the campuses|
|Out-source||Out-source when an external party can better reduce impacts||Contract out utility bill management to firms that leverage energy markey expertise to cut energy and carbon costs|
|Process Change||"Design the impact out" of a process||Air pollution from medical waste incineration is reduced by switching to reusable surgical tools that are steam sterilized|
|Product Substitution||Choose a different product with lower impacts||Chemical costs and workers compensation insurance premiums reduced by switching to green cleaning products|
|Servicizing||Lease rather than buy to align incentives||Lease carpet so that it is returned to the manufacturer for full recycling|
|Supplier Engagement||Engage and hold accountable suppliers with regard to a specific impact||Work with strategic suppliers to improve sustainability efforts and lower impacts through partnership activities|
|Supplier Substitution||Choose a supplier with lower impacts||Making evidence of bribery or extortion automatic grounds for suspension of business with a supplier|