Office of Sustainability: The Story of Our Stuff

Modeling best practices

The Office of Sustainability is committed to modeling best practices. We work to ensure our meetings and events are certified Gold under the Green Spaces program. Sustain SU verifies our performance in this area annually.

Purchasing decisions are made based on the principles of waste reduction, pollution prevention, and the elimination of risks to human health and the environment. The Office of Sustainability and Supply Management Services developed a set of ten green procurement principles to help our campus community demonstrate environmental leadership; stimulate demand for environmentally and socially conscious goods and services; and help us make progress on our commitment to sustainability.

Our purchasing decisions start with taking opportunities to reduce and reuse products and services. After identifying our procurement needs, we consider the life cycle of the product, and look for the opportunity to “close the loop” by buying materials containing recycled content. Where purchasing policies allow it, we seek opportunities to support local and historically underutilized businesses to supply some of our prompts, incentives, prizes and gifts.

Our Commitment

Pens, buttons, and water bottles are just some of the items the Office of Sustainability uses to get the word out about campus programs and events. If you’ve ever seen any of these items, you might be wondering where our materials came from, and what it is made of. Wonder no more because here is the story of our stuff.

To demonstrate our commitment to making sustainable purchasing decisions, here is the breakdown of what, where and why we sourced some of our popular prompts and incentives.

 

Reusable Water Bottles

Durable, reusable product.

100% certified organic cotton

Sourced through Canadian supplier, Fairware, who make purchasing decisions based on their Fairware Supplier Code of Conduct.


Reusable Water Bottles

Durable, reusable product.

Made from BPA-free, stainless steel.

Sourced through Canadian supplier, Fairware, who make purchasing decisions based on their Fairware Supplier Code of Conduct.

Unbleached cotton pencil case.

Pencil Cases

100% organic cotton

Made in Canada

Great for carrying around our compostable pens!

Sourced through Canadian supplier, Fairware, who make purchasing decisions based on their Fairware Supplier Code of Conduct.

iPhone plugged into portable power bank.

Power Banks

Rechargeable and reusable power source for smartphones or digital cameras.

Easily recycled. Labelled with recycling instructions.

Sourced through Canadian supplier, Fairware, who make purchasing decisions based on their Fairware Supplier Code of Conduct.

Ballpoint pens made of coiled paper.

Paper Pens

Made with 50% recycled paper.

Compostable in commercial composters (it is not appropriate for personal compost due to ink). Simply discard the ink stock and place paper in organics bin.

Sourced through an American vendor, epromos, via a Canadian supplier, Spector and Co., that follows the Spector and Co. Commitment to Ethical and Responsible Conduct.

Pinnable buttons with Office of Sustainability logo.

Buttons

Created from recycled metal and recycled paper.

Made in Canada.

Sourced through Canadian supplier, Fairware, who make purchasing decisions based on their Fairware Supplier Code of Conduct.

Wooden name tags with Office of Sustainability logo.

Wooden Name Tags

Handcrafted in Whistler, BC by Rustic Riginals.

Generic name printing—can be reused by different staff or volunteers.

Made of wood reclaimed from trees killed by the mountain pine beetle in British Columbia.

 

Unbleached cotton t-shirt printed with

Outreach Team's T-Shirts

100% USDA-certified organic cotton.

Made in the USA by American Apparel using fair labour practices.

Screen printed in Edmonton.

Three quarter-page paper handbills.

Handbills

Printed internally on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

Paper handbills are recyclable through the UAlberta's paper recycling program, which has been in place since the early 1970s.

Coins for borrowing shopping carts on key chain.

Cart Coins

Made in Canada. Contains recycled and new zinc. Recyclable. Lead free.

Acts as a prompt to encourage people to remember to use reusable bags.

Sourced through Canadian supplier, Fairware, who make purchasing decisions based on their Fairware Supplier Code of Conduct.