Sustainable Purchasing

City Council Resolution
The City of Eugene is committed to promoting a sustainable future that meets today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Our Perspective
As good stewards of resources, it is important to consider the environmental and health effects of products, from raw material extraction all the way through the ed of the product life. When negotiating services, we need to be conscious of the methods of performance and the impacts they might have on our community and ecosystem. The City seeks products and services that have a reduced impact on human health and the environment and that more fully support communities and economies. Efforts are guided by city-wide initiatives and policies that, among other goals, are aimed at reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions while increasing reuse and recycling, maintaining the health of residents, and supporting fair competition.

What We’re Looking For
We are interested in doing business with vendors who consider the long-term impacts within their industry and are proactive in maximizing sustainable practices. The business community plays an important role in educating the City of potential innovations. Vendors are encouraged to make the City aware of advances within their profession. Our solicitation process offers various ways for vendors to display their efforts. At times we will specify sustainable requirements within a purchase, like indicating that a product must be third party certified. In other solicitations, we are interested in a proposer’s sustainable performance and require demonstration of sustainability efforts. These efforts may include:
  • Alternative transportation practices
  • Energy efficiencies
  • Community support for underserved populations
  • Third party environmental certifications, such as LEED, Green Seal, and Energy Star
  • Reduce, reuse, and recycle strategies
  • Water conservation measures
  • Mission-related sustainability practices
  • Life Cycle Analysis or total cost of ownership data
For more information on sustainable business practices, please refer to the resources page. You may also email City of Eugene Purchasing or call 541-682-5055.

News: Communicating Through Solicitations
In early 2012 the Purchasing Office began including a new section within our competitive solicitations. The sustainability section relays our intentions to work with vendors who can assist us in some of our efforts to reduce waste, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, encourage the use of environmentally preferred products, and promote social equity.