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.