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Purchasing for Zero Waste: 3 Case Studies from Higher Education
Purchasing is one of the most critical places to look for waste reduction strategies. In any organization, most of the waste that goes out the back door initially came in the front door through purchasing. College and University campuses are further challenged by the diverse and widely distributed array of waste streams that they manage. This group of campus procurement leaders will discuss how they have moved toward Zero Waste goals through procurement of sanitation products, event services, and general supplies.

Learning objectives during this 90 minute webinar:

1) The challenges of implementing a packaging foam ban at University of California, how to leverage purchasing contracts to advocate changes in product packaging.
2) Ohio State University’s collaboration to reduce landfill waste and costs including a “shovel ready” hand dryers program, how to address concerns that arise and the process used to navigate a public higher education institution.
3) UC San Diego’s process and approval basis for suppliers for a zero-waste event that engaged 20 suppliers, how they defined guidelines, prepared and managed the execution of the event, and more.

--Matt Cyr, Assistant Director, Building Contract Services and Supply Chain, The Ohio State University
--Maggie Grey, Dining Commodity Manager, Senior Buyer CPSM, University of California, San Diego
--Mary Leciejewski, Senior Sustainability Coordinator, The Ohio State University
--Heather Perry, Procurement Services, University of California at Santa Barbara
--Mona Powell, Wellness and Engagement Manager, University of California, San Diego

Dec 11, 2019 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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