news and information from the West
Sustainable Purchasing Consortium
Dear WMSPC Member,
Please take a moment to read about some upcoming endeavors and exciting
opportunities related to sustainable purchasing and energy efficiency.
Over the next couple months, WMSPC will be sending out a Request for
Information (RFI)about sustainable Jan/San
products to our distribution list of suppliers. If you know of a
manufacturer or distributor to whom we should be sure to send the RFI,
please be sure to let me know by sending an email to plevin @ delta-institute.org
with the subject WMSPC jan/san supplier.
We are particularly interested in learning about suppliers that carry
jan/san products which meet LEED's
sustainability criteria. In addition to brokering discounts
for WMSPC members, we plan to offer detailed information and reports
about products' environmental characteristics.
Help us Build Membership
If you know Facilities Managers, Building Owners, Office Managers, and
LEED AP's, please encourage them to become a WMSPC member so that they
can buy sustainable products at great prices.
The Power of Group Purchasing
By taking advantage of WMSPC pricing, you add to the purchasing power of
the group, help drive the market for environmentally preferable products,
and thereby help reduce negative environmental impacts in West Michigan.
Please take a look at the Purchasing Power section of this newsletter to
see how your purchases translate into environmental terms.
Lastly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to share
relevant events or other newsworthy items that should be added to
wmspc.org and the next e-update. Or, if there's a product category you'd
like to take the lead on with some help from us, get in touch.
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.
Updated Paper Pricing
Due to manufacturers' price increases across the industry, Quimby
Walstrom has had to raise the price of 30% and 100% Post Consumer Waste
Recycled Content Paper.
As of April 1, 2010, the new pricing for WMSPC members will take effect:
8.5 x 11 Husky Recycled Xerocopy Paper will now cost $35.08 per carton.
8.5 x 11 Boise ASPEN 100 will now cost $41.40 per carton.
To view the entire list of products and updated pricing, please log into your
account and click on Paper Products & Pricing in
the left hand margin.
PURCHASING POWER - WMSPC'S Environmental Impacts
Between October 1, 2008 and March 31, 2010, WMSPC members have purchased
over 226,000 lbs. of recycled content paper.
When compared to this quantity of virgin paper (using the Neenah Paper
calculator), this translates to saving:
- 391,126 lbs. wood. A total of 1,249 trees that supply
enough oxygen for 625 people annually
- 571,151 gallons of water. Enough water to take 33,206
- 395 million BTUs energy. Enough energy to power an average American
household for 1585 days.
- 118,589 lbs emissions. Carbon sequestered by 1,376 tree
seedlings grown for 10 years.
- 34,677 lbs solid waste. Trash thrown away by 7,538 people in a
Be sure to check out the variety of
30% PCW colored paper offered by Quimby Walstrom to WMSPC members at
To view all your options, Log In at www.wmspc.org
and click on "complete list of Quimby products."
In order to grow WMSPC and its huge potential to generate demand
for sustainable products and lower prices, we want to know what YOU want!
Purchasers, Building Owners, Facilities Managers, Office Managers, and
LEED AP's, please take a few minutes to complete this survey!
Free Energy Audits in Grandwalk
Delta Institute and the Right Place have received funding from the
State of Michigan to revitalize the GrandWalk Community
Partnership. As a result, the Community Partnership can offer 5
free energy assessments to local businesses, schools and churches within
the GrandWalk area.
The application process is very simple and the process is
An energy auditor will conduct a 2-3 hour walk-through of the facility,
collecting information on the building envelop, HVAC systems, lighting,
etc. Additionally, each assessment will include a utility bill
analysis and the establishment of an Energy Star Portfolio Manager
account for each facility. Upon completion of the assessment
report, the energy auditor will meet facility staff to discuss the audit
findings and identify helpful resources. Facilities are under no
obligation to implement any measures recommended in the assessment
Benefits of Participation
Participation in the Grandwalk Community Partnership is completely
voluntary and free of charge. Added benefits of participation
§ Identify inefficiencies within facility
§ Reduce operating costs and improve business competitiveness
§ Positive public relations and enhanced community image
§ Networking within like-minded individuals
§ Learn how to implement sustainable practices within your business
§ Help develop a national model for sustainable community
For more information and an application, contact:
600 W St. Joseph Ste 1G
Lansing MI 48933
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.
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