UBC Delivering Sustainability

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  • This model suggests that carbon management and socio/economic criterion may be the more difficult means of weighting criterion By default this implies that green products and services are relatively easy to apply The more complex the specifications – the more difficult decisions are generally – when apply sustainability it becomes even more so The case can be made that assessing alternatives for resource conservation can be quite complex – so the notion of low and high difficulty is a general term The politics in an org’n for outsourcing can be a deal breaker in itself


  • 1. Local Sourcing: Inspiration and Aspiration Victoria Wakefield SCMP Purchasing Manager - The University of British Columbia Fraser Basin Council October 2011 UBC VANCOUVER
  • 2. The role Supply Chain Management plays “ The supply chain management profession makes a significant contribution to Canada’s economy and is critical to the competitive advantage of all enterprises. Latest research shows that PMAC members control more than $130 billion in annual spend .” http://www.pmac.ca/en/about-pmac
  • 3. UBC OKANAGAN Sourcing Local at UBC helps us meet our goals and targets …..
    • Social Performance
    • Working with Non-profits
    • Partnership with Starworks and electronic recycling
    • Aboriginal and Minority Issues
    • Increase number of contract awards to Aboriginal business
    • Stimulating local economies and small business
    • Environmental Performance
    • Waste Reduction
    • Increase diversion to 70% - Zero waste Challenge
    • Work with local companies to use reusable packaging, take back programs and recycling
    • Air Quality
    • Maintain annual average automobile traffic on campus at or below 1997 per capita levels - deliveries to site and fleet composition
    • Economic Performance
    • Increase Research Support
    • formal cost accounting, include transportation, waste, and full life cycle analysis.
  • 4.  
  • 5. The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS®) The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS®) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability. STARS was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the highereducation community.
    • STARS is designed to :
    • Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.
    • Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community.
    • Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
    • Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability
    • practices and performance.
    • 5. Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.
  • 6.
    • UBC Food Services –
    • Sustainable Food and Beverage Purchasing Program
      • UBC Food Services defines "local food" as food that has been grown, raised, produced or processed within 150 miles of campus.
      • UBC Food Services employs procurement personnel who are trained in sustainable sourcing and tender and award contracts and manage departmental procurement needs with a focus on ethical and sustainable criterion.
      • Preference and weighted criterion is given to local producers and manufacturers
                                                                                                                                                                                Flavours all that we do:
  • 7. Your perception is our only disability …a true story
  • 8. Garbage bags ….
  • 9. Government Direction
    • Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, Nov.2007
    • BC emissions reduced by:
        • 33% in 2020
        • 80% in 2050
    • Carbon Neutral Public Sector
      • Oct. 1 2007 – business travel
          • (core government only – CRF)
      • 2010 – operations
      • Carbon Neutral Government Regulation passed Dec. 2008
  • 10.
    • What are the social and environmental impacts associated with the products we are sourcing?
    • Does your company have a sustainability or environmental policy or statement?
    • Do you adhere to, or have alignment with any recognized standards or principles promoting sustainability?
    Include “company profile” in your RFP’s
  • 11. Courier RFP Sustainability weight factor 20%
  • 12. What are you asking for ?
  • 13. Applying weight - but how much?
    • Supplier profile - 5%
    • Supplier code of conduct – 5%
    • Demonstrated commitment to sustainability- 5-10%
    • Monitoring and verification = proof – 5-10%
    • With readily available commodities minimum 25%
    • should/could be equal to price…….
  • 14. L Difficulty H L Complexity of specifications Sustainability criterion – a heuristic model Carbon management Biodiesel fuels GHG reductions Retrofitting buildings Responsible travel programs – off setting Infrastructure energy management – thermal heat recovery systems Life Cycle Assessment modeling – similar to a food mile model. Socio/economic Working with social enterprises Collaboration with minorities HR policies Telecommuting Local preferences Green products/services Standardized goods/services Easily substituted – i.e. office supplies/janitorial supplies/food supplies Corporate policies and practices Third party verification – Greenseal, Fair-trade, Energy star Resource conservation Industry environmental standards IT standards - EPEAT Waste water treatment Recycling/reuse Energy reduction
  • 15. Making it Work
    • Leadership & Engagement
    • Teaching & Research
    • Critical networking and reporting structures
    • Building Social Capital and demonstrated savings
    • Global Leadership and Scaling Up
    • Aligning & Embedding Sustainability
    • Share what you’ve learned
  • 16. The road ahead looks green……