Dixie Elementary School District
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy
The Dixie Elementary School District Board of Trustees encourages the use of environmentally preferable products and services. By including environmental considerations in purchasing decisions, the district can reduce its environmental footprint and promote practices that improve human health, conserve natural resources, and reward environmentally conscious manufacturers.
School 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. Whenever possible, they are encouraged to reduce the consumption of disposable materials, by reusing materials and by using electronic rather than paper communications when feasible.
Environmentally preferable products and services have fewer negative effects on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. The comparison will consider the environmental costs of acquisition of raw materials, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, and disposal.
Ø Purchase products that minimize environmental impacts, toxics, pollution, and hazards to workers and the community.
Ø Purchase products that include recycled content, are durable and long-lasting, conserve energy and water, use agricultural fibers and residues, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use unbleached or chlorine-free manufacturing processes, and use wood from sustainably harvested forests.
Ø Maximize the proportion of goods and services that come from local providers with acceptable environmental practices wherever feasible, thereby supporting a sustainable local economy, while reducing the environmental impact of transportation.
Ø Institute practices that reduce waste by increasing product efficiency and effectiveness. Seek out vendors that offer to take back or recycle products at the end of their useful life.
Ø Seek fiscal responsibility by balancing environmental considerations, durability, performance, and price”.
Ø Minimize use of paper communications whenever feasible in favor of electronic means, thereby conserving resources while saving money. Consider purchasing and using recycled content paper whenever paper must be used.
Ø Seek opportunities to pool purchases with others to enhance markets for environmentally preferable products, to obtain favorable prices, and to reduce waste packaging, transportation, and product cost.
Ø Require outside contractors and consultants to use environmentally preferable products, whenever practical, in performance of their services.
Ø Provide professional development to maintenance staff in the proper use, storage, and disposal of supplies. Raise awareness of District Staff about the environmental issues affecting purchasing by providing relevant information and training
Ø Investigate adoption of on-line textbooks and resources, where appropriate
Each individual is responsible for seeking and requesting environmentally preferred products. The District will provide resources to assist individuals in achieving this goal.
The Business Office will include environmentally preferable product specifications in bid documents and district contracts, as appropriate.
The Board may request status reports regarding the purchase of environmentally preferable products in such form and at such intervals as needed.
The Business Office shall maintain and distribute to staff a list of resources and educational materials regarding accessing and purchasing environmentally preferable products. The District’s Green Initiative Committee will provide the Business Office with resources, as needed.