Sustainable Procurement relates to consciously purchasing products and services that are produced in a socially responsible way. It incorporates human health, social equity and environmental concerns into the search for high quality products and services at competitive prices. This includes day-to-day purchases, teaching/research/lab equipment and capital projects, including building construction and renovation.
The Sustainable Procurement Working Group (established by the Provost), created a Sustainable Procurement Policy which was approved by College Board in 2019. Sustainable Procurement guidelines are available for all staff involved in procurement of services and goods for Trinity.
Collectively, Trinity’s purchasing choices support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; reduce our environmental footprint; and affect market change by increasing demand for fairly priced and socially responsible products.
Trinity has adopted four objectives related to sustainable procurement:
- Tenders for procurement to include environmental criteria (100%)
- Increase green criteria in tender marking by 10%
- Improve use of whole life cycle costing
- Reduce GHG Emissions in supply chain
Our Sustainability Report details the progress that has been made in their implementation.
Sustainable Procurement Suggestions
At Trinity, all offices and departments are encouraged to purchase products:
- which are manufactured without materials which are hazardous to human health and the environment
- which emit fewer irritating or toxic substances during installation or use
- which result in a reduced release of toxic substances to the environment, or significantly less toxic substances, upon disposal
- which were manufactured without slave labour or low-cost labour
- which were produced in a safe and secure working environment
- with improved recyclability, high recycled content, reduced packaging and greater durability
- which are reusable, avoiding disposable products
- with optimum energy efficiency
- utilizing clean technology and/or clean fuels
- which result in reduced water consumption
UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
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