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Greening Government Operations

Green Procurement Capacity Building

Activity Target as % (as reported in 2010-11 RPP) Actual Results as % Description/Comments
Training for Procurement and Materiel Management Staff 100% 100% All functional specialists (contracting staff) have completed green procurement training. Also, procurement management staff focused on mandatory training in procurement and materiel management (i.e., PMMRP) in 2011-12.
Training for Acquisition Cardholders 100% 100% All acquisition cardholders have completed green procurement training.
Performance Evaluations 100% 50% Performance objectives related to green procurement were included in the functional head of procurement performance appraisal. Objectives related to green procurement were not included in functional specialists' performance evaluation for 2011-12 but have been included in 2012-13.
Procurement Processes and Controls Where Applicable Where applicable The PSLRB's procurement and materiel management personnel use PWGSC's mandatory standing offers into which environmental considerations have already been incorporated.

When appropriate and feasible, the PSLRB sends contracts electronically, transmits solicitation documents via electronic methods and accepts electronic bids.

Assets are always disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner, mainly through the national Computers for Schools program and the PWGSC's Crown Assets disposal auction site.

Use of Green Consolidated Procurement Instruments

Description/Comments
The PSLRB mainly purchases office supplies, office furniture and IT equipment. Those purchases are made through PWGSC standing offers on products and services that provide best prices, better quality and a green procurement guarantee (e.g., recycled material, environmental performance).

Reduction Initiatives for Specific Goods

Description/Comments
The PSLRB is committed to the principles of green procurement and sustainable development. It has continued to purchase and lease energy-efficient equipment from companies with environmental programs that have recycled content and a recycling program. The PSLRB also uses multi-functional photocopiers and printers to reduce energy consumption and to recycle toner cartridges. Individual desktop printers will no longer be replaced. The procurement of paper is done bearing in mind green procurement principles and initiatives. Assets are always disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner, mainly through the national Computers for Schools program and the PWGSC's Crown Assets disposal auction site.

During Canadian Environment Week, the PSLRB Green Challenge was initiated, and staff received daily challenges that resulted in increased awareness of greening opportunities. The PSLRB encouraged staff to continue the challenge of making green initiatives a part of their daily work lives. Since the PSLRB Green Challenge, the collection of kitchen waste for compost has begun. The PSLRB also held a “Coffee and Learn” session in 2011 called “Greening the Office.” It has also continued its participation in OC Transpo's EcoPass program.