The University of California and the UC Davis Supply Chain Management organization is dedicated to sustainability in each of its forms, including environmental, economic, and social.
The Total Cost of Ownership of a good or service encompasses each of these sustainability impacts.
Supply Chain Management utilizes Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), a strategy that seeks to procure products and services with a reduced or minimal environmental impact, as compared to other similar products/services that serve the same purpose. We also utilize systems, such as AggieBuy, that make it easy for campus departments to identify energy-efficient and environmentally-preferable items. More information is available on our Buying Green page.
In addition, we continually look for programs to recycle packaging, including the polystyrene foam, used for many lab items.
We're also working with EcoVadis, a network of sustainably-responsible suppliers. EcoVadis activities include the evaluation and scoring of supplier’s corporate and social responsibility practices.
What Can You Do? If you work in a lab, you might want to visit My Green Lab. My Green Lab is non-profit organization advancing education in environmentally-responsible science. Their website contains a wealth of information on ways to make your lab more "green," and ensure that solid environmental sustainability practices are followed. There is also a green lab certification that is highly recommended.
Fair Wage/Fair Work is one example of how the University of California achieves economic sustainability in the partnerships that are built with outside suppliers. We work to ensure that the suppliers with which we contract are paying sustainable wages to their employees.
Mitigating the potential negative social impacts of a business transaction on the community (e.g., increased CO2 and pollution) is also part of the University of California mission to sustainable business practices.