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PSLRB Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) - 2014-15

Greening Government Operations (GGO)

The Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) is bound by the Policy on Green Procurement but not by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. The table that follows demonstrates how the PSLRB meets the mandatory reporting requirements under Section 7 of the Policy.

Strategies / Targets / Comments

  1. Approach: The PSLRB’s approach to greening its operationsis to ensure that green considerations are incorporated into its procurement and disposal practices. The PSLRB’s management team will continue its efforts to ensure that all procurement decisions are consistent with the Policy on Green Procurement.
  2. Management Processes and Controls: The PSLRB uses the Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) procurement instruments as its primary procurement mechanism, and it leverages the environmental considerations that are incorporated into the PWGSC standing offers and supply arrangements. Furthermore, the PSLRB will do as follows:
    • continue to encourage staff to use the recycling/shredder bins provided for paper and plastic. It will also make every effort to reduce paper usage by using electronic alternatives and by encouraging staff to minimize printing and copying by utilizing duplex printing options;and
    • continue to follow the Federal Electronic Waste Strategy for the disposal of electronic and electrical equipment.
  3. Setting Targets: In addition to the commitments identified in ii., v., and vi., the PSLRB has established the following targets:
    • ensuring that 95% of all paper and furniture purchases are made through PWGSC green consolidated procurement instruments, where available;
    • ensuring that only paper with at least 30% recycled content is purchased;
    • reducing paper acquisitions through mandating printer acquisitions that can print in a double-sided format, and ensuring that only recycled toner cartridges are utilized; and
    • developing and implementing a phased approach to reduce the number of local printers.
  4. Meeting Targets: An internal committee will meet bi-annually to review the PSLRB’s targets and its progress. The PSLRB will report against those targets in the annual Departmental Performance Report. 
  5. Training: The online Green Procurement course (C215) offered by the Canada School of Public Service will be a mandatory course for designated acquisition cardholders as part of their 2014-15 personal learning plan.
  6. Performance Evaluations: Designated managers and functional heads of procurement and material management will have at least one performance and/or training objective related to green procurement.