City of Colorado Springs / Environmental Sustainability / Sustainability Plan / Procurement

Community procurement efforts that we're learning about...

Pikes Peak Region Sustainability Project Stretch Goals state that by 2030, the region will have made significant progress toward a zero-waste future. Achieving this goal means:

1.       Individual, business and government purchasing is guided by the tenets of reduce, reuse, recycle. All businesses and public institutions have developed and are choosing to follow sustainable procurement guidelines.


Colorado College is buying Greenguard certified building materials, furniture and finishing systems.  All new computers must be EPEAT Gold or better and Energy Star certified.  The College is requiring that 75% of printing and copying paper be 100% recycled and chlorine free. Colorado College is creating a purchasing network to empower sustainable purchases. They also have ?green? cleaning services that have minimized chemical use to primarily four green products, uses reusable microfiber cleaning clothes and mops and eliminated caustic floor stripping.   


The Fort Carson Regional Growth Plan also calls for all Department of Defense (DOD) and Fort Carson procurement actions to be supportive of sustainability.  Fort Carson will be providing requesting agencies and purchasers about environmentally preferable purchasing; the purpose and means of sustainable life cycle assessment; procurement preferences for locally sourced and manufactured products and services; and end-of-life recyclability of items. The long term goal by 2027 is that 100% of Fort Carson and DOD procurement actions will support sustainability. 


University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has a preference for recycled content products, a source reduction component in all procurement activity, buys energy and water efficient equipment, nontoxic and reduced toxicity products and supports efforts that promote forest conservation. 


The State of Colorado greening government goal requires that all state departments and agencies employ purchasing policies to reduce the state's environmental impact. At a minimum, a product's energy profile, recycled material content, toxicity and impact on air and water resources is considered.  They purchase exclusively Energy Star electronic products and urge state agencies to avoid the purchase of bottled water except when water supply is unavailable or in emergency situations. The State of Colorado requires "purchasing products wherever practicable and economically feasible that use recycled content, are durable and long-lasting, are produced locally in Colorado or regionally - whenever possible" (Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy, 2009). 


The United States Air Force Academy has instituted a Hazardous Materials Program that manages the procurement and use of hazardous materials to support Air Force missions, protect the safety and health of Academy personnel and nearby communities, minimize the use of hazardous materials consistent with mission requirements and maintain Academy compliance with environmental requirements for hazardous material use.


And, here's what other communities are doing...





         Increase the proportion of eco-efficient annual commodity and service bids by 10% to a goal of 60% from the 2004 baseline.

         Use Flyash concrete in city infrastructure projects wherever possible.  Flyash is a waste product from coal-burning power plants that produces highly durable and less expensive concrete.

Fort Collins


         Establish and publish a purchasing guideline by December 2004.

         Life Cycle Cost Analysis utilized in Purchasing Department.

         City evaluation criteria is not exclusively low bid.

         Purchase items with less packing and shipping materials.

         Increase Energy Star purchases.

         Re-use of office furniture and carpets.

         Minimum 30% recycled content in paper products.

         Eliminate use of Styrofoam.



         Institute full cost accounting.

         Specific percentage of procurement product must be recycled.


         Purchase products based on long-term environmental and operating costs and find ways to include environmental and social costs in short-term prices (Portland Sustainable Procurement Strategy 2009).



         Implement an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy which may include bid preference to suppliers that meet minimum sustainability criteria.

         Reduce the use of pesticides in City parks and facilities relative to an established baseline year.

San Diego

         Develop and adopt an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy using the ?triple bottom line? approach.

         Purchase of products which cannot be recycled is strongly discouraged.

         All paper used in copy machines must be made of post-consumer recycled content.


         Promote education of environmentally responsible purchasing and composting.