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GO GREEN! BUY GREEN! Green Purchasing at PSU Julia Fraser: Graduate Research Assistant Campus Sustainability Office Green Teams Meeting July 15, 2010
What is “green” purchasing? Green Purchasing is simply choosing products and services that reduce impacts on human health and the environment, where feasible. Every PSU purchase has an impact on our community, human health, and our environment.
Go Green! Buy Green! PSU’s green purchasing program seeks to support and encourage PSU staff, faculty and administrators to buy greener products. ü A Buy Green Coordinator ü [email protected] edu ü Web page – coming soon… ü Checklists, resources, facts sheets, cases studies and links to other programs ü Market research and campus collaboration
What can you do? ü Reduce consumption ü Ask for help or suggestions – we can provide research for you ü Provide outreach and education ü You can lead by example ü Help implement purchasing standards ü Pilot test “green” alternatives ü Write up case studies to present to other Green Teams ü Direct colleagues to Go Green! Buy Green! resources on campus
What does buying green look like? Choosing: • Recycled content products • Energy-and water-efficient products – Standby power devices – ENERGY STAR products – EPEAT-registered products • Alternative fuel vehicles/alternative fuels • Environmentally preferable products – Non-toxic products and services – Food service – Building products – Green meetings and conference services
How to buy green – ask questions • What is the product made of? – non-renewable resources? – fossil fuels? – toxic components? • How was it manufactured? – processed with chlorine? – pollution producing? – other social or environmental impacts? • How much energy does it use? • How much water does it use? • How do I dispose of it?
How to buy green – the basics Look for these green attributes: üDurable/Reusable üRecycled content üEnergy Efficient üNon Toxic üThird party Ecolabels: such as Green Seal, Eco. Logo, EPEAT, Energy Star, FSC
How to buy green – the basics Think about the total cost of owning the goods not just the initial purchase price A more efficient product may cost more at purchase, but will not cost as much to run over its life
Think about the Life Cycle of a CD • • Materials Extraction Materials Processing Manufacturing Packaging Transportation Useful Life Reuse, Recycling or Disposal
Best Practices Source Reduction Recycled Products Energy and Water Conservation Toxics and Pollution Social Equity
Source Reduction By less stuff - PSU Re. Use Room! - Facilities Surplus Durable vs. Disposable Consider total cost of ownership Packaging: request recyclable packaging or less of it!
Recycled Products Building materials - recycled plastic lumber Office Supplies - pens, paper, binders Textiles - towels, bags, shirts Buying recycled content products supports recycling markets, keeping valuable materials out of the landfill.
Energy and Water Conservation Energy Star Compliance Water Sense Responsible use Turn off at night Wise use of energy and water not only reduces costs, but reduces the demand for fossil fuels and conserves precious fresh water resources for everyone.
Toxics Reduction Cleaning Products - Avoid Chlorine based products. - Green Seal or Eco. Logo certified Paints - Low VOC paint - Metro Recycled Paint Electronics - Ro. HS, and EPEAT certifications Textiles and Fabric - Carpet, curtains, upholstery - Greenguard certification
Social Equity MWESB vendors - Support Oregon MWESB - Purchasing and Contracting Local vendors - Keeps $ in state - Supports local jobs Ethics - Fair Trade - Fair trade certification Sweatshop produced? Working conditions Environmental stewardship Community health
Paper – its an easy win In FY 09, PSU purchased 816 cases of virgin copy paper (36% of total). + Switching to 100% post-consumer paper would SAVE the equivalent of: • • + * 528 trees* CO 2 equivalent of 2 cars/year * 241, 261 gallons of water * enough energy to power 2 homes/year * 2010 PSU Paper Report Environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Defense Fund Paper Calculator.
What to look for when buying paper Recycled Content – 100% PCW (Post Consumer Waste) is best Processed Chlorine Free – No chlorine or chlorine compounds were used in the papermaking process. - Certified by Chlorine Free Products Association (CFPA) Sustainable Forestry - Look for FSC certified
Brands of paper to consider ü Boise Aspen 50% or 100% ü Grays Harbor 100 ü Office Depot Envirocopy ü Office Max Recycled Multipurpose And many more!!!
Reduce paper use! By reducing your paper consumption you can offset the cost of recycled paper. • Give unwanted one-sided printouts a second chance as draft paper. (NOT CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS) • Dedicate one of the trays in the printer for printing with draft paper
Office Supplies • • • Check the PSU Re. Use Room first (they’re free!) Choose durable and reusable vs disposable Choose recycled content ü Post-its ü hanging files ü file folders ü paper clips ü binder clips ü and more…
Examples of greener products Recycled content stick pens: only $0. 03 cents more per pen 100% recycled paper: $0. 38 cents more per ream than virgin Recycled content paper clips: $0. 22 more per box * Cost information from comparison provided by Office Depot
Lets kick “Canned Air” In FY 09 PSU bought 240 cans from Office Depot Its not even “air”: Flammable and toxic compressed gases e. g. Tetrafluoroethane There a lot of creative alternatives: ü Giotto’s Rocket ü A paint brush ü Data Vac electric duster Save money & reduce waste
Toner Cartridge Recycling PSU has a toner recycling contract with Sustain. Please use it! > Just fill out a Work Order and PSU Recycles will do the rest! > Set up a central collection point for cartridges Helps us track our recycling! Sustain will pick up the pallets of cartridges at no cost to PSU
Close the Loop! Try Remanufactured cartridges Each new toner requires half a gallon of oil to make the new plastic* One remanufactured toner cartridge saves… ü 0. 5 gallon of oil not required for new plastic ü 2. 5 lbs metal and plastic saved from landfill Plus – they are cheaper!! Save PSU some $$$ resources! *Stopwaste. org
Air Travel 12, 000 MTe. CO 2 from PSU air travel in FY 08 11% of PSU total emissions. * PSUs Climate Action Plan Goals • Tracking travel data • Outreach and awareness of less carbon-intensive forms • Remove internal and OUS wide barriers to choosing less carbon-intensive forms of travel • Adding a box on travel forms acknowledging carbon impact • Creating an employee offset program * PSU Climate Action Plan 2010
Questions? [email protected] edu We can provide research, resources and work with you to develop specifications, or just give you advice and ideas to help you GO GREEN! BUY GREEN!