Environmental Health and Safety
Environmentally Sustainable Purchasing

ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING

The CMS environmental management system encourages use of environmentally sustainable products (ESP) and services.  By including environmental considerations in purchasing decisions, the district may reduce its environmental footprint and promote practices that improve human health, conserve natural resources, and reward environmentally conscious vendors.

District personnel are encouraged to actively seek out environmentally preferable products and services for use in day-to-day operations when quality, performance, price, and functionality are comparable to their non-environmentally preferable counterparts. 

WHAT ARE ENVIRONMENTALY SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS?

Environmentally sustainable products and services have less negative effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. Potential comparisons may consider the environmental cost of acquisition of raw materials, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance and disposal. 

EXAMPLES OF CMS SUSTAINABLE PURCHASING

  • Procure in excess of 900,000 gallons of green cleaning products annually educing chemical load of buildings

  • Eliminated the use of 17,200 gallons of emulsifiers used in schools reducing chemical load on buildings and staff exposures to caustics by switching to alternate floor stripping process

  • Replaced solvent- based parts cleaners with water-based to reduce VOC emissions in automotive shops

  • Purchasing toner cartridges that the manufacturer will accept return of eliminating waste stream

  • Purchasing water based interior paints reducing VOC emissions

  • Purchasing playground equipment made from recycled plastics

  • Purchasing energy star equipment, appliances and computer equipment that operate using less energy than their counterparts

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