Purchasing Actions

Measures of Success

  • 312 excess chemicals have been shared through a collaborative program built by Environmental Health and Safety and LabRATS
  • In keeping with the interim Sustainability policy, recycled content paper use has increased. Eighty-five percent of the paper purchases through Central Stores have 30% or more recycled content (over 7% containing 90%-100% recycled content).
  • Green Seal certified products accounted for 43.5% ($52,762 of the total of $121,241) in chemicals the Storehouse sold (primarily to Facilities Management) in fiscal year 2010/11.


  • In 2004, the University of California, Santa Barbara hired a staff member to work on the University of California systemwide strategic sourcing agreements. This person developed the methodologies for imbedding environmentally preferable procurement into our RFP’s and worked with partners from each campus to develop scoring for the selection of awards.
  • The UC Systemwide 2009 Policy on Sustainable Practices states that we must “utilize the University’s purchasing power to meet its sustainability objectives.”
  • UC Systemwide has a policy requiring purchase of Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) certified Bronze or higher computers.
  • The University of California, Santa Barbara has a campus and systemwide policy requiring the purchase of recycled content paper.

Ongoing Practices and Programs

  • The Small Business Program (SBP) is responsible for ensuring equal opportunities in business contracting at the Santa Barbara campus for all small business enterprises (SBE), including: small disadvantaged businesses (SDB); women-owned small businesses (WOSB); veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB); service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB); and historically underutilized businesses zone (HUBZone) small businesses.
  • Potential suppliers must exhibit, to the respective commodity teams, recycled content product offerings, energy-efficient product offerings, reduced packaging, and product recycling and disposal programs. A supplier’s failure to respond to these bid requirements ensures that they will not succeed in obtaining a University of California contract.
  • The Surplus Inventory Program (funded by TGIF) website is up and running, allowing unused equipment and supplies to be shared across campus.  This program partnered with the first Campus Cleanup Day, encouraging campus departments to recycle unwanted materials, equipment and furniture in order to both decrease the purchase of new items and to allow departments the ability to increase space utilization through purging unused items.


  • In 2012, UCSB is moving to a new on-line procurement system. We are in the process of developing criteria so we can offer options for “green” items first to direct spend to sustainable options. We hope to have this process completed and rolled out to the campus in academic year 2012/2013.

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