Green Procurement Policy

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CSUB recognizes that we are a large consumer of a broad spectrum of goods and services. Every one of our purchases has an environmental impact resulting from the combined effect of a product’s manufacture, delivery, use, and disposition. As a result, our purchasing decisions can positively, or negatively, affect the environment.


Green purchasing is the practice of purchasing environmentally preferable products and services, which are 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.  Such products or services may include, but are not limited to, those which contain recycled content, minimize waste, conserve energy or water, and reduce the amount of toxins disposed of or consumed.

Why “Buy Green?”

We are faced every day with the reality that many of the products we buy can cause damage to the environment and/or public health. From the extraction of raw materials and the manufacture of products, to their use and disposal, products that we use every day can be harmful. By purchasing environmentally preferable (EP) products and services we look to reduce those impacts.

 For example, by purchasing recycled products instead of virgin products, we reduce the need to extract raw materials, such as petroleum, trees or metals and, in general, use less energy and water. By purchasing products with fewer toxic ingredients, we minimize the hazardous impacts of those products during manufacture and reduce the damage caused through accidental spills and when disposed. We also reduce the risk to workers handling the products, and the risks posed to building occupants. By purchasing energy efficient products, we help to reduce energy consumption, which in turn lowers our emissions of sulfur dioxide (which causes acid rain) and carbon dioxide (a primary greenhouse gas).

 In the end, the choices we make affect our local environment, our health and the global community. They also affect both current and future conditions. The power of the purse is an extremely effective tool for promoting products that do less harm and contribute to the overall well-being of our planet.


The CSUB Procurement Department will strive to balance environmental considerations with performance, availability and fiscal responsibilities in making green purchasing decisions. We will strive to purchase more environmentally preferable goods and services as long as they meet acceptable use and performance needs and are available within a reasonable period of time at a reasonable cost. Nothing in this policy shall be construed as requiring a purchaser or contractor to procure products that do not meet needs, perform adequately, or exclude competition, or are not available at a reasonable cost or in a reasonable period of time.

Hence forth, the CSUB Procurement Department will give preference to environmentally superior products, where quality, function and cost are equal or superior.

The CSUB Procurement Office will consider the following environmental attributes when purchasing products and services:

  • Durable, as opposed to single use or disposable items
  • Non-toxic or minimally toxic, preferably biodegradable
  • Highly energy and water efficient
  • Recyclable, but if not recyclable, may be disposed of safely
  • Made from materials that have been obtained in an environmentally sound, sustainable manner
  • Made from recycled materials or that maximizes post consumer content
  • Manufactured in an environmentally sound manner
  • Causing minimal or no environmental damage during normal use or maintenance
  • Shipped with minimal packaging (consistent with care of the product), preferably made of recycled and or recyclable materials
  • Locally or regionally manufactured to minimize the environmental costs associated with shipping  


Bidding and Contracting Sustainably

When appropriate, the CSUB Procurement Department will include in its Requests for Proposals a clause in its bidding specifications that reads: "California State University, Bakersfield is committed to buying products with recycled content or environmentally sustainable alternatives. Please offer any environmentally sustainable or eco-friendly alternatives that you feel are available for this product and supply all relevant specific information about the product."

 The CSUB Procurement Department shall routinely include a sustainability statement in all of its Requests for Proposals and Requests for Information as follows:


In the interest of supporting CSUB’s initiative to reduce waste and extraneous use of natural resources, CSUB is strongly encouraging vendors to submit proposals following these guidelines – 

•     All proposals should be submitted on two-sided recycled paper (minimum 30% post-consumer content).

•     Proposers should refrain from using three ring binders where possible, especially for the copies being requested. Three ring binders are acceptable if the size of the proposal warrants such use.

•     Proposers should refrain from using excessive and unnecessary packaging when shipping or mailing their responses

•     Proposers should consider presenting peripheral information (i.e. company and product brochures) on CD, DVD or USB drive where possible or practical." 

How You Can Help

As every department has a Procurement Card, you can all make a difference!

  • Buy recycled copy paper with greater than 30% post consumer content
  • Buy energy-efficient office equipment
  • Buy fewer pieces of office equipment (i.e. multi-functional devices versus separate copiers, printers, fax machines and scanners)
  • Buy office supplies with recycled content or are otherwise environmentally friendly 
  • Buy recycled toner cartridges
  • Recycle your used toner cartridges and ink cartridges
  • Print emails, reports and memos on two sided paper
  • Stop requesting paper catalogs if the vendor has an on-line catalog
In November, 2017, the CSU System and Staples Business Advantage implemented the Sustainable Auto-Sub program. It makes it easier than ever to select green products: standard products are automatically replaced with environmentally-friendly alternatives.

To find out more, go to: Concerned about an Auto-Sub Product?


Sustainable Procurement Coordinator:

Julie Jones

Admin West, Suite 102