Procurement and Contract Services Policy & Procedures Manual
Section 300: Purchasing
John A. Kitzhaber, M.D., Governor of Oregon issued Executive Order E0-00-07 on May 17, 2000 directing all State of Oregon agencies and employees to develop and promote policies and programs that will help Oregon meet the goal of sustainability by the year 2025. Since Oregon State University is a land-grant institution committed to the citizens of Oregon and the sustainability of Oregon’s environment, compliance with this directive is essential to the long term health of the State of Oregon. Oregon State University PaCS will utilize sustainable purchasing practices whenever feasible to do so.
OSU will use sustainable purchasing by applying the methodology of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover.” Whenever practicable, attention should be given to the environment through the evaluation of this methodology along with performance, life expectancy, quality, and value for money.
When purchasing goods and services, Oregon State University will strive to balance short and long-term costs, maintenance, life cycle, and costs to the environment. Oregon State University is committed to identifying goods and services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing goods and services that serve the same purpose. This comparison may consider raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, and disposal of the product. Oregon State University is also committed to identifying companies that utilize environmentally preferable products and services. Companies that are able to supply environmentally preferable products and services (especially post-consumer recycled materials) that meet performance requirements will be encouraged to offer them in bids and proposals.
Oregon State University is committed to providing ongoing education to the university community about the importance of environmentally preferable purchasing. This may be accomplished through training workshops, seminars, and creating a web site training page dedicated to assisting campus departments with sustainable purchasing techniques. Existing environmentally friendly Contracts and agreements may be highlighted on the PaCS web page.