A University’s purchasing can account for 40% of its total greenhouse gas emissions. These supply chain emissions can be larger than all other direct and indirect emissions sources measured. The UN Global Marketplace says procurement is sustainable “when it integrates requirements, specifications and criteria that are compatible and in favor of the protection of the environment, of social progress and in support of economic development, namely by seeking resource efficiency, improving the quality of products and services and ultimately optimizing costs.” In 2018, the UC set sustainable procurement goals of 25% Green Spend as a total percentage of spend per applicable product category and 25% Economically and Socially Responsible Spend as a total percentage of addressable spend. UC Santa Barbara is committed to being a leader in sustainable procurement across higher education.
On January 1, 2020, the University of California expanded plastic packaging foam ban took effect. While UC Santa Barbara Procurement is proactively working with major contracted suppliers on compliance with the ban, the majority of campus purchases are off-contract and suppliers may not be aware of the policy. Please use this 3-minute form to report orders you receive that contain any type of foam in their packaging.
UC Santa Barbara was recognized by the Green Electronics Council (GEC) with a 2018 EPEAT Purchaser Award, honoring our leadership in procurement of sustainable IT products .
UC Santa Barbara also includes sustainability as at least 15% of the evaluation criteria for all competitive solicitations over $100K. See the sustainability benefits achieved through bids here.
UC Santa Barbara strives to offer tools to assist campus in achieving its sustainable procurement goals. These tools include a product search tool curated to only show products that comply with the UC's Green Spend Criteria, and a Supplier Scorecard tool , aimed at helping drive improvement throughout our supply chain. More purchasing tips for department buyers can be found here.