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WMSPC Update
news and information from the West Michigan Sustainable Purchasing Consortium
23 March 2009

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In this issue

SURVEYS - Each Member Counts So Let's Count Every Member

ACTION ITEMS

PURCHASING POWER - WMSPC's environmental impacts

A rainbow of RECYCLED CONTENT colors

PURCHASING EVENTS

WMSPC Members in the News

 

 

 

Dear WMSPC member,


Thank you for joining WMSPC. We now have over 60 members and continue to grow.

We value and need the input of our members in order to achieve our mission of providing access to professional procurement contracts that support sustainable purchasing in the West Michigan community. Accordingly, we hope you will visit the SURVEY section below. The information you share with us about your purchasing habits helps WMSPC to develop bid documents and award Master Services Agreements to meet members' needs.

By using WMSPC Master Services Agreements, you add to the purchasing power of the group and thereby reduce negative environmental impacts in West Michigan. Please take a look at the Purchasing Power section to see how our purchases translate into environmental terms.

Another benefit of group purchasing is that vendors see our potential and work to provide us with the products we want. To that end, Quimby Walstrom has added a variety of colored paper with recycled content to WMSPC's list of discounted products.

Lastly be sure to take a look at some of the upcoming events that include content related to purchasing. And please email plevin@delta-institute.org to share relevant events that should be added to the next update.

Best,

Paula Levin
WMSPC Administrator
Delta Institute
plevin @ delta-institute.org
T: 312.554.0900x17  W: www.wmspc.org
 
Transforming the Great Lakes region into the
vital center of an emerging green economy.

 

SURVEYS - Each Member Counts So Let's Count Every Member

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WMSPC plans to release multiple Request for Proposals (RFP) this year.

Accordingly, we would like to collect information from members to determine the product types that should be included in the RFP as well as the potential purchasing power -- in dollars or volume -- of the group.

Please complete the following surveys or forward the link to the appropriate person at your organization. (If you already completed a similar survey in 2008, we encourage you to complete these ones anew since they have been updated.)

De-Icer
please complete by Monday, April 6
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=owQrdeNfhaS_2fmcMV2OXdvg_3d_3d

Janitorial Products
please complete by Friday, April 10
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=wjk2vP2D1RrJSrMkHBDQww_3d_3d

Lighting
please complete by Friday, April 17
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=pAHm1bGleCyiGzRn84NjIA_3d_3d

 

ACTION ITEMS

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Early this week, WMSPC plans to release a Request for Information (RFI) to distributors and manufacturers of de-icer products.

Please encourage your suppliers to participate by having them visit www.wmspc.org to view the RFI. If they would like to be added to WMSPC's vendor distribution list, please have them contact plevin@delta-institute.org.

 

 

PURCHASING POWER - WMSPC'S Environmental Impacts

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Between October 1, 2008 and March 13, 2009, WMSPC members purchased over 80,200 lbs. of recycled content paper.

When compared to this quantity of virgin paper (using the Neenah Paper calculator), this translates to saving:

  • 103,129 lbs wood. A total of 357 trees that supply enough oxygen for 179 people annually
  • 130,404 gallons of water. Enough water to take 7,582 eight-minute showers.
  • 248min BTUs energy. Enough energy to power an average American household for 999 days.
  • 31,417 lbs emissions. Carbon sequestered by 377 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.
  • 16,746 lbs solid waste. A total of 578 thirty-two gallon garbage cans of waste.

 

 

A rainbow of RECYCLED CONTENT colors

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Quimby Walstrom has added a variety of colored paper with 30% PCW to the list of discounted products it provides to WMSPC members.

To view all your options, Log In at www.wmspc.org and click on "complete list of Quimby products."

 

 

PURCHASING EVENTS

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A calendar of upcoming events related to sustainable purchasing:

EVENT

LOCATION

DATE

Sustainable Enterprise Exchange - Government Action and Green Market Strategy

 

Aquinas College

March 27, 2009

Forum and Sustainable Business Practices Workshop

 

Grand Haven Community Center

March 31, 2009

Embracing a Green Future

Eberhard Center

April 28 & 29, 2009

 

Designing Sustainable Communities Through Business

 

Aquinas College

April 29, 2009

MPPOA Reverse Trade Fair

 

DeVos Place

May 15, 2009

 

 

 

WMSPC Members in the News

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Download a full color pdf of the Triple Bottom Line publication from MIBiz, which features stories on a number of WMSPC members.

 

 

Contact Information

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Paula Levin
WMSPC Administrator
plevin@delta-institute.org
312-554-0900 x17
www.wmspc.org

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The West Michigan Sustainable Purchasing Consortium (WMSPC) is committed to developing and providing access to professional procurement contracts that support sustainable purchasing in the West Michigan community. Key goals of the WMSPC, particularly for the lower Grand River watershed area, include improving regional environmental quality and stewardship, growing local economies, and increasing social responsibility.

www.wmspc.org