The Sustainable Purchasing Policy supports the University’s commitment to fiscal, social, and environmental responsibility. The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment was signed by the Chancellor in June of 2007, and has thus pledged the University of Denver: (1) to integrate sustainability into our curriculum; (2) to complete a comprehensive inventory of all University related greenhouse gas emissions and (3) to develop an institutional action plan for becoming climate neutral.
This Policy sets forth recommendations that apply to all purchases made using university funds. University funds include both unrestricted and restricted funds.
1.3 POLICY OVERVIEW
1.3.1 Funding Restrictions on Expenses
If more than one requirement or policy applies to a particular transaction, then the more restrictive one shall be followed, (e.g., if terms and conditions of outside donors and sponsors are determined to be more restrictive than those of University policy, then the terms and conditions of outside donors and sponsors shall take precedence over University policy).
1.3.2 Purchasing Environmentally Preferable Products
2. POLICY OVERVIEW
2.1 GUIDELINES FOR COMMON ACTIVITIES and PURCHASES
2.1.1 Expenses shall be incurred at a level that meets and does not exceed the needs of the University.
University Funds - Includes all funds controlled by, or administered by, the University of Denver. This includes, but is not limited to, base operating budget funds, endowment funds, gift funds, grant funds, investment funds, etc.
Requestor- An employee, student, or associate of the University of Denver who enters into a transaction or an agreement whereby University Funds are expensed. This includes expenditures made with a DU purchasing card, purchases made that are billed directly to the University, an electronic requisition processed through Purchasing Services, a transaction in which the Requestor pays with personal funds then submits a reimbursement request through Accounts Payable or Petty Cash.
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing- Environmentally preferable means "products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. This comparison applies to raw materials, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, use, reuse, operation, maintenance, and disposal (Executive Order 13423).
Life-Cycle Analysis - A Life-Cycle Cost Analysis is a calculation that shows the benefits of considering the entire “life” of a product from manufacturing to disposal. This type of analysis has the potential to incorporate energy savings, disposal costs, and other variables instead of solely basing a purchase on the lowest initial bid. For example, purchasing a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) will cost more than a traditional incandescent bulb, but will pay for itself (and more) through energy savings.
Post-Consumer vs. Pre-Consumer Recycled Products - When purchasing products with recycled materials, it is important to know the distinction between post-consumer and pre-consumer. The later is when the manufacturer uses leftover scraps as inputs into the manufacturing cycle. This is an easy way for manufacturer to deem a product “recycled” before the final product is ever produced. Post-consumer is more desirable because the product has already been through the product life-cycle, and has been reintegrated back into the production loop.
III. RELATED ITEMS
Restricted and Special Purchases (University Purchasing Policy, 4.A)