Sustainable Purchasing Policy
The goal of the City’s Sustainable Purchasing Policy is to strive to purchase products that minimizes environmental impacts, toxins, pollution, and hazards to workers and the community to the greatest extent practicable, purchase products with recycled content, conserve energy and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use unbleached or chlorine-free manufacturing processes, are lead and mercury free, and use wood from sustainable harvested forests. Click here for more information on the City’s Sustainable Purchasing Policy.
Section 2.105.360 of the City Code establishes the framework for the City’s Green Purchasing Policy that is further defined in this Chapter. The Policy states that the City will strive to purchase products that minimize environmental impacts, toxins, pollution, and hazards to workers and the community to the greatest extent practicable, purchase products with recycled content, conserve energy and water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use unbleached or chlorine-free manufacturing processes, are lead and mercury free, and use wood from sustainably harvested forests.
During the 2019 City Council Goal and Priority Setting Session, the City Council added a new strategic pillar for Sustainability https://www.santaclaraca.gov/our-city/sustainability for a total of seven City Council policy priorities. One of the initiatives established at that time was to create a Citywide sustainable procurement policy to guide purchasing through all departments of environmentally preferred supplies.
Wherever feasible, Departments are directed to:
1. Purchase and use recycled products to the maximum extent possible, without negatively impacting health, safety, or operational efficiency.
2. Restructure purchasing specifications to include the use of products which contain post-consumer recycled content, are reusable, or are designed to be easily recyclable.
3. Purchase recycled paper.
4. Label recycled products to indicate their recycled content.
5. Use life cycle cost analysis to assist in selecting a product or service.
6. Purchase lubricating oil and industrial oil as directed by the California Public Contract Code 10409.
7. Favorably consider the selection of recycled-content and renewable materials, products and supplies over their non-recycled-content and non-renewable alternatives in cases where availability, fitness, health and operational efficiency, quality, safety, and price of the recycled product is otherwise equal to, or better than, the non-recycled-content and/or non-renewable alternative.
8. Consider less toxic alternatives when purchasing products such as pesticides and herbicides and to purchase energy-conserving products when possible.
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Resources
The City will cooperate with neighboring city governments in an effort to develop a comprehensive, consistent, and effective procurement effort intended to stimulate the market for recycled products, reusable products, and products designed to be recycled.
The City’s purchasing sustainability lead is Mark Giovannetti, Purchasing Manager.