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5.33.080 Sustainable Procurement.

(Replaced by Ordinance No. 189878, effective March 4, 2020.)

A.  Sustainable Procurement Policy.  Under the direction of the Chief Procurement Officer, Procurement Services shall develop and maintain a Sustainable Procurement Policy that directs action to understand and take responsibility for the environmental, social, and economic impacts of City Procurement decisions using a Life Cycle perspective. All City bureaus and offices shall comply with the Sustainable Procurement Policy and include the Sustainable Procurement Policy directives and best practices in their Procurement planning and decisions.

B.  Consumption Reduction.  As part of the City’s Sustainable Procurement commitment, City bureaus and offices shall strive to reduce consumption by using strategies such as, but not limited to, the following:

1.  Fully assessing the need;

2.  Reusing, repairing, and repurposing goods and materials on hand;

3.  Purchasing durable goods and materials;

4.  Purchasing goods with minimal packaging;

5.  Utilizing manufacturer leasing and take-back programs;

6.  Purchasing reusable, repairable, and recyclable goods and materials;

7.  Investing in technologies and processes that facilitate reuse, consumption reduction, or lean inventories.

C.  Life Cycle Costing. As part of the City’s commitment to understanding and taking responsibility for the environmental, social, and economic impacts of City Procurement decisions, whenever feasible City bureaus and offices shall utilize Life Cycle costing methods to determine the full cost of a product, service, or design, and factor these costs into Procurement decisions and Contract award criteria. This includes factoring in the social cost of carbon and similar methodologies that monetize the human health, social, and environmental impacts of the City’s Procurement decisions.

D.  Use of Product or Service Sustainability Standards or Labels.

1.  City bureaus and offices shall utilize, as applicable, reputable third-party environmental and/or social product and/or service standards (“sustainability standards”) when specifying or procuring Goods or Services.  Reputable sustainability standards are those that:

a.  Have been developed by a third-party through a public, transparent, and broad stakeholder process;

b.  The standard criteria are relevant and represent leadership in the applicable issue areas for the covered Goods or Services; preferably addressing multiple environmental or social impacts throughout the product or service Life Cycle.

2.  City bureaus and offices shall utilize, as applicable, reputable third-party environmental and/or social product and/or service labels (“sustainability labels”) when specifying or procuring Goods or Services.  Reputable sustainability labels are those:

a.  That represent product or service compliance to a reputable, third-party sustainability standard;

b.  Where product or service compliance to the standard is verified by an impartial third-party;

c.  Where the label is awarded by an impartial third-party;

That satisfy the standards for sustainability certification and label programs developed by the International Organization for Standardization or other recognized standards-setting or accreditation organizations.