Business and Finance

Policy Title
Sustainable Procurement
Policy Description
The purpose of this policy is to support the statewide Green Purchasing Initiative per the SC Senate Bill 1497 by purchasing products that minimize the harmful effects of their use and final disposition upon the environment.  Winthrop University recognizes that the purchasing decisions of our employees can make a difference in favor of environmental quality.  We prefer the purchase of environmentally preferable products whenever they perform satisfactorily and are available at a reasonable price.
Policy Procedures
A.  Whenever practicable, Winthrop University personnel will purchase recycled and environmentally preferable products.  Personnel can utilize the State of SC Fuide for Recycled Products when possible.

B.  Winthrop University should promote the use of recycled and other environmentally preferable products by publicizing its procurement program.

C.  The Univesity's Procurement Department will make every effort to secure contracts with vendors that are environmentally conscientious.

D.  Winthrop University will procure environmentally preferable products and services where criteria have been established by governmental or other widely recognized authorities (e.g. Energy Star, EPA Eco Purchasing Guidelines).

E.  Winthrop will integrate environmental factors into the University's buying decisions where external authorities have not established criteria.

F.  Examples of preferable practices or products:
Compact fluorescent lamps (Energy Star Seal on package)
Made of recycled materials, maximizing post-consumer content
Durable, as opposed to single use or disposable items
Non-toxic or minimally toxic, preferably biodegradable
Highly energy efficient in production and use
Manufactured in an environmentally sound, sustainable manner by companies with good environmental track records
Cause minimal or no environmental damage during normal use or maintenance
Shipped with minimal packaging (consistent with care of the product), preferably made of recycled and/or recyclable materials
Recycled paper and paper products
Re-refined lubrication and hydraulic oils
Energy Star electric appliances
EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) Silver or Gold registered desktop computers, laptops, and monitors
Re-crushed cement concrete aggregate and asphalt
Cement and asphalt concrete containing glass cullet, recycled fiber, plastic, or tire rubber
Remanufactured tires and products made from recycled tire rubber
Green Seal (TM) cleaning products
Energy saving products
Waste-reduced products
Water-saving products
Office supplies (marked with environmental sign)
Replacing disposables with reusables or recyclables
Taking into account life cycle costs and benefits
Evaluating, as appropriate, the environmental performace of vendors in providing products and services

G.  This policy will be reviewed annually by the Sustainability Committee and the Office of Procurement Services.
Internal Control Considerations
Policy Author(s)
Procurement Services Sustainability Committee
Effective Date
December 2012
Review Date
May 2013