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Green procurement has undoubtedly moved from being a "nice
to have" to a "need to have". While the politicians
are debating far more complex green strategies related to initiatives
like the Kyoto Accord, we can all make a difference "at
home" - in our own offices.
The procurement tip for this month comes from an initiative of
the Alliance for Environmental Innovation (US) to guide office
practices in a greener direction.
The tips outlined below can be undertaken in any office by an
office manager or the organizations procurement officer. Take
a look and see how easy it is to make a significant step in the
green direction for your organization.
OFFICE SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT TIPS
- Compile a master list of all supplies and equipment used
by your organization, and identify environmentally preferred
options as well as suppliers for each. Select equipment that
has minimal emissions and energy use during operation and is
- Purchase or lease copiers and printers that have two-sided
printing capability and the ability to set this as the default
- Purchase or lease copiers and printers that work with a broad
range of plain office papers; avoid "finicky" machine
models that limit your paper choices and require frequent maintenance.
Purchase or lease copiers and printers that offer recycled toner
cartridges and provide for recycling of spent cartridges.
The Alliance for Environmental Innovation was established
by Environmental Defense and the Pew Charitable Trusts in 1994
to develop strategies for a variety of industries to reduce waste
and encourage recycling. Environmental Defense is a leading American
nonprofit organization that links science, economics and law
to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions
to society's most urgent environmental problems. Check out other
initiatives at: http://www.environmentaldefense.org/aboutus.cfm?subnav=aboutus