Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.18
Liaison Kelli O'Day
Submission Date Sept. 13, 2013
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University of California, Davis
OP-T2-25: Local Businesses

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Camille Kirk
Director of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Planner
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution give preference to local products and businesses in its purchasing decisions? Local food purchases, which are covered in OP Credit 6: Food Purchasing, are not included in this credit.:

A brief description of the program:

The UC Davis Environmentally Preferable Purchasing strategy encourages the purchase of local goods. UC Davis recognizes that purchasing local goods reduces emissions associated with the transport of the item(s), contributes to the local economy, and sometimes even reduces waste from packaging materials.

The Coffee House, a student-run dining facility located in the campus student center, uses its purchasing power to support the companies, practices and ideals that will help the local and global community. For example, the Coffee House has developed a relationship with local farmers, through the Yolo County Growers Collaborative and the UC Davis Student Farms, to make organic and locally-grown fruits and vegetables available to customers whenever possible. Further information can also be found at: http://coffeehouse.ucdavis.edu/local

Student Housing purchasing practices offer several specific examples of purchasing from local businesses. For example, the department works with only three T-shirt vendors – two in Davis and one in a nearby city. The department also works with the on-campus print shop for printed materials. Special events associated with the department usually support the local movie theater or restaurants.

The website URL where information about the program, policy, or practice is available:

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