7.12.5. FUTURE GOALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
A. Standard sustainability specifications and criteria
Develop and update a reference library of sustainability specifications and evaluation criteria for major commodity areas and for specialized capital equipment where relevant.
B. Sustainability metrics and goals
Review key commodities (e.g., copy paper, toner, alkaline batteries); identify the environmental impacts of each; establish a plan and goals for mitigation. Develop metrics for measuring progress toward the goals.
C. Paperless business processes
Advocate for the transition to more paperless business processes (i.e., purchasing requests, travel reimbursement) as subject-matter experts advising the Administrative Systems Committee, Shared Services Committee, and request form project teams.
D. Software purchases
Encourage software vendors to distribute their products via a download model instead of physical disc eliminate packaging, transportation, and disposal.
E. Enhanced recycling
Work with supply chain partners to create programs to recycle or tack lamps, batteries, electronics, packaging, etc.
F. Encourage usage of products with recycled content, reduced impact, etc.
Expand and improve 7.12.3. Commodity-Specific Recommendations. Encourage vendors with catalogs in UT Market to label products with “green, “ENERGY STAR,” or “recycled” tags as applicable.
G. Green labs initiatives
Utilize vendor relationships to develop programs to incentivize the purchase of energy efficient laboratory equipment, retire inefficient equipment, and initiate an energy usage monitoring system.
H. Single-serving beverage waste reduction
Implement a program to reduce how much the university spends on individual bottles of water, and preportioned, nonrefillable systems for coffee, tea, etc.
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