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

July 2010



in this issue

Updated Paper Pricing

What Does it Mean When Procurement Goes Green?

Your Feedback


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, below.

In addition, please take a moment to read about upcoming endeavors.

Jan/San products
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 attributes.

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 admin@delta-institute.org to share relevant events or other newsworthy items that should be added to our next e-newsletter.


Paula Levin
WMSPC Administrator
Delta Institute
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 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.


What 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 participation.

Please let us know if you'd like to sponsor or host a workshop in the future.
Contact admin@wmspc.org.

Your Feedback


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

Contact Information


WMSPC Administrator
312-554-0900 x17


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.