Purchasing

Specific short-term goals identified in MxCC’s Climate Action Plan, 2015-2016:

Action Measurement Achievability Status
Purchase remanufactured laser/printer cartridges. Laser/printer cartridges are remanufactured. AN Contract says we can purchase remanufactured but we purchase refilled.
Purchase remanufactured paint.  Paint purchased is remanufactured.  AN  Contract says we can’t purchase remanufactured.
Purchase Energy Star/EPEAT+ appliances/computers/products when available.  Appliances/products are energy star.  AN  This is being done.
Create policy and culture shift to reduce paper use.  Decline in paper use.  APC
Increase use of local food in cafeteria.  More local food served in cafeteria. AN
Develop recommendations for ordering “green” products, including life-cycle factors, such as durability, reusability, recycled content, energy efficiency (Energy Star, EPEAT+, etc.), packaging and energy required for shipping List made available to all faculty and staff; purchasing decisions take into account “green” criteria (despite higher cost in some cases) APC
Incorporate green standards in all contracts for services and goods Contract language includes green standards APC Currently being done for custodial contract.  Some agreements are at a system-level.

* Achievable now (AN), achievable with additional resources (AAR), achievable through policy changes (APC), achievable through institutional investment (AII)

+ EPEAT is a comprehensive global environmental rating system that helps purchasers identify greener computers and other electronics