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|