news and information from the West Michigan
Sustainable Purchasing Consortium
Dear WMSPC Member,
Please note that paper prices will increase, beginning July 1, 2010.
However, they will remain steady for WMSPC members throug the remainder
of the third quarter. Take a look at the Updated Paper Pricing section,
In addition, please take a moment to read about upcoming endeavors.
The Delta Institute has sent out a Request for Proposal to
manufacturers and distributors of cleaning chemicals and supplies and
hopes to get responses from vendors that can service Chicagoland as well
as West Michigan so that WMSPC members could take advantage of green
products at competitive prices.
If you know of manufacturers or distributors who should respond to the
RFP, please get in touch with them and direct them to the downloadable
RFP and attachments, which can be found here.
The RFP focuses on jan/san products that meet LEED's sustainability
criteria. We hope to broker discounts for WMSPC members and offer
detailed information and reports about products' environmental
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 let us know if you would like to find green alternatives to
products you procure in high volumes. We will keep track of your feedback
as we decide which RFP to send out next.
Events and News
Lastly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to share
relevant events or other newsworthy items that should be added to our next
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Transforming the Great Lakes region into the
vital center of an emerging green economy.
Paper Pricing beginning July 1, 2010
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 again.
As of July 1, 2010, the new pricing for WMSPC members will take effect:
8.5 x 11 Husky Recycled Xerocopy Paper will now cost $37.44 per carton.
8.5 x 11 Boise ASPEN 100 will now cost $43.88 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.
The prices are firm through 3rd quarter 2010.
Does it Mean When Procurement Goes Green?
Check out this Green Biz article
about green purchasing.
John Davies writes that "Office supplies, cleaning products and
computers are leading the way." We're happy to see that we've helped
members find these products and learn best practices associated with
them. Paper is already online and we hope to have cleaning products in
the very near future.
As for computers, we held an Office Electronics workshop last September
and collected 1271 lbs. of e-waste! In fact, one of our members -- Alison
Waske, Sustainability Manager, Warner, Norcross, and Judd LLP -- was
featured in a Responsible Purchasing Network webinar as a result of her
Please let us know if you'd like to sponsor or host a workshop in the
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!
Please email us at email@example.com
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.