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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Green Purchasing Policy

Effective January 1, 2011, the University strengthened its Purchasing Policy to address the University's commitment to supplier diversity, local businesses, and sustainability.

III. Commitment to Sustainability

Pacific acknowledges that the purchase and use of products and services can profoundly impact the environment and recognizes the positive impact it can make on the environment through its purchasing decisions. Sustainable purchasing requires that purchasers take into consideration the impact of products on the environment and human health when making purchasing decisions, giving preference to more environmentally friendly products when quality and cost are equal or superior.

Sustainability Policy Guidelines:

1. Energy Efficient Appliances and Equipment

Pacific is committed to the use of sustainable practices in the conduct of Pacific operations. To this end, energy efficiency, as well as short-term and long-term cost, must be evaluated when purchasing energy consuming appliances/equipment. All appliances/equipment purchased by the Pacific must be ENERGY STAR, if such approval exists for the type of appliance/equipment being purchased.

The Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Program identified appliances and equipment that meet specific energy efficiency requirements ( These items include heating and cooling equipment, computers, computer peripherals, printers, copy machines, audiovisual equipment, projectors, televisions, washers, dryers, cooking appliances, and refrigerators.

EPEAT is a (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) system that helps purchasers evaluate, compare and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes ( The system currently covers desktop and laptop computers, thin clients, workstations and computer monitors

2. Paper

Pacific sustainable paper use guidelines are consistent with the Pacific's policy on sustainability and will help us achieve our broader sustainability goals.

Pacific is phasing out the use of virgin paper and conforms to a minimum standards of 30% post consumer waste (PCW) recycled content paper for all paper used in copiers and printers.

Pacific encourages offices and departments to adopt a higher standard (50%, 75%, 100%) post-consumer recycled content paper where appropriate.

To reduce paper usage, Pacific encourages departments to:

  1. Scan documents when practicable
  2. To fully utilize double sided printing capacity in printers and copiers

Pacific also commits to developing a mechanism to report on paper usage by category (e.g., virgin, 30% PCW, etc.) and by department.

3. Reduced Waste and Recycled Products

Pacific is committed to sustainable resource use. The amount of waste generated by shipping, receiving, packaging, and use of products or equipment must be evaluated during the purchase process. In addition to waste reduction, purchases should consider recycled or remanufactured products. A recycled product is a product manufactured with waste material that has been recovered or diverted from solid waste. Recycled material may be derived from post consumer waste (material that has served its intended end-use and been discarded by a final consumer), industrial scrap, manufacturing waste, or other waste that would otherwise have been wasted. A remanufactured product is one that is used for the purpose then repaired, refilled, or otherwise brought to "new" condition, e.g. printer cartridges that are refilled.

Pacific will work to purchase Green Seal certified products when practicable.

Some of the qualities of environmentally preferable products are:

  1. Products made of recycled materials, maximizing post-consumer content
  2. Durable and/or reusable products as opposed to single use, customized or disposable items
  3. Products that are recyclable or compostable at the time of disposal
  4. Products shipped with minimal packaging (consistent with care of product), preferably made of recycled and/or recyclable materials
  5. Products produced locally minimizing transportation distances

Examples of some environmentally preferable products are:

  1. Compact fluorescent lamps (with Energy Star Seal on package)
  2. Re-crushed cement aggregate and asphalt
  3. Cement and asphalt concrete containing glass cullet, recycled fiber, plastic or tire rubber
  4. Remanufactured tires and products made from recycled tire rubber
  5. Re-refined lubrication and hydraulic oils as certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API) as appropriate for use on equipment

4. Vehicles

Pacific is committed to implementing an efficient and effective economic and environmental strategy for campus fleets. Campuses shall implement practicable and cost-effective measures, including the purchase of:

  1. Hybrid electric vehicles, which combine an internal combustion engine with a battery and electric motor to maximize fuel economy and produce fewer e missions
  2. Electric and/or solar vehicles
  3. Vehicles that use compressed natural gas, methanol, ethanol or propane as a
    cleaner alternative to gasoline
  4. Vehicles with best-in-class fuel efficiency

Upon determination of the need to purchase or lease a vehicle selection criteria shall include reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, nonrenewable energy use, reduced air pollution, and encouraging market development.

5. Water

Pacific will apply the best practicable means to conserve water resources and minimize waste water, including, but not necessarily limited to use of:

  1. Water efficient fittings including aerators, flow controllers, high efficiency shower heads and pressure control valves
  2. Low flow bathroom fixtures
  3. Efficient HVAC units to reduce amount of chilled water required
  4. Water-saving techniques where possible e.g. mulch, new generation fertilizers, native plants, efficient sprinklers, efficient placement of sprinklers and use of non-potable groundwater and optimal water efficiency wherever possible, ensuring grounds are not overwatered

6. Biodegradable Products

Pacific is committed to reducing risks to health, safety, and the environment by using biodegradable purchasing practices, including, but not limited to:

  1. Refraining from procurement of cleaning or disinfecting products (i.e. for janitorial or automotive use) containing carcinogens, mutagens, or teratogens. Chemicals to avoid are listed by the U.S. EPA or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
  2. Phase out of chlorofluorocarbon-containing refrigerants, solvents and similar products.
  3. Procurement of readily biodegradable surfactants and detergents that do not contain phosphates.

7. Green Buildings (LEED)

The Board of Regents adopted a resolution directing that effective January 1, 2010, Pacific will secure at a minimum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating SystemTM "Silver" rating or its equivalent for all new buildings, and will secure an estimate of the full cost to secure a LEED "Silver" (or its equivalent) for all proposed renovation projects costing at least $1 million, and will strive to meet this standard within project budget restraints.