Procurement & Work Practices

Objective

To implement work practices and employ procurement processes that reduce natural resource consumption, improve air quality, and educate the community on the means and benefits of sustainable practices.

  • Redesigned and implemented Town web pages to improve customer service, information availability, reduce cost and improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Implemented internet auction sales for recycling and revenue generation of surplus vehicles and equipment. More Info
  • Recycle scrap metal and other various materials at Town Transfer Station for revenue. More Info
  • Typical Desktop PCInitiated new procedures and policies to reduce energy consumption used by computer hardware, i.e., defaulting of printers to duplexing.
  • Utilizing 30% recycled content copier/printer paper and other recycled office products where cost effective.
  • Enhanced mail processing procedures for incoming and outgoing mail resulting in greater efficiency and reduced “junk-mail.”
  • Purchase electricity, natural gas and motor fuels through competitive cooperative purchasing programs; participate in other government co-ops when in the Town’s best interest.
  • Employ green cleaning practices and products to maintain Town facilities including the purchase of chemicals certified by Green Seal, EcoLogo, or the California Air Resources Board, as appropriate.
  • Procure new appliances and office equipment with Energy Star ratings.
    Town Hall Bicycle Rack
  • Installed bike racks at various Town facilities allowing residents to choose non-motorized means of transportation.
  • Installed reminder message on all Town emails “Please consider the environment before printing a copy of this email.”
  • Implemented environmentally friendly procedures for Integrated Pest Control. (Facilities and Grounds)
  • Utilize Smart Systems (paper towel dispensers, soap dispensers, faucets, toilets and lighting) to reduce waste.
  • Utilize environmentally friendly building products such as paint, sheetrock, insulation, floor coverings, window treatments, etc.
  • Identify and replace mercury thermostats throughout Town buildings.
    Recycled Materials Bench
  • Purchase products that use recycled materials for park amenities such as benches.
  • Recycle toner cartridges back through the office products supplier to be refurbished.  
  • Educate Town employees on power saving initiatives.
  • Implemented electronic storage of documents, as practicable.
  • Automated numerous work practices to reduce paper & postage and improve efficiency, including:
    - Bids/proposals and bid tabulations are posted on the Town’s website for vendors to download
      directly saving staff resources, consumables, and postage.
    - Developed a section of the website dedicated to the Town’s Green Initiatives.
    - Implemented E-Recording of Land Records (Level 1 only).
    - Implemented computerized program scheduling at the Riverfront Community Center.
    - Implemented computerized decentralized time and attendance for payroll in larger
      departments.
    - Implemented computerized project accounting system to track recreation activity revenue
      and costs to eliminate redundant record keeping and allow electronic import of revenue
      postings to the accounting system.
    - Transferred paper copies of assessment records dating back to 1964 to electronic media and
      now available on the Town’s website. Original records have been recycled.
    - Implemented on-line building permit applications allowing homeowners and contractors to
      apply for building permits without having to visit Town Hall.
    - Publish the library newsletter electronically, allowing virtually unlimited distribution.
    - Implemented new user-friendly Geographic Information System (GIS) web site for staff and
      residents.
    - Converted paper forms to electronic format for use in Town operations, as practicable.

Click here to view the town's Sustainable Purchasing Policy.

 $= Includes Supplemental Funding (i.e. grants, rebates, incentives, etc.)

Related Glastonbury Goes Green Bulletins

Issue No. Title department of issue description
2 Read Green Library Green Practices at the Welles Turner Library
6 Green Prints Information Technology Duplex Printing & Recycled Paper
8 Green Space Facilities                 Green Cleaning Practices
11 Green Power    Information Technology Energy Power Management for Computers
16     Pedal Power Parks & Recreation Bicycle Friendly Community