Finance Department - Purchasing Division
Green Initiatives

Green Initiatives

The Purchasing Division is committed to seeking opportunities to encourage environmentally friendly procurement. The City of San Antonio has adopted the Mayor’s SA2020 plan. The mission of SA2020 is to catalyze the entire San Antonio Community into passionate, focused, and sustained action to achieve the shared goals that will transform San Antonio into a world-class city by the year 2020 in 11 key vision areas, including Environmental Sustainability.

The City is leading by example to accomplish the goals of the SA2020 plan by means of multiple initiatives and programs, including the implementation of an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy (EPPP). The purpose of the policy is to prompt all City staff to make every effort to minimize the environmental impact when procuring goods and services for the City of San Antonio.

Policy Highlights
  • Encourages City departments to lead by example
  • Prompts City employees to conduct all procurement activities in an energy- and resource-efficient manner
  • Requires departments to evaluate recycled or environmentally preferred products to determine if this alternative would be practical for use
  • Purchasing Division provides departments with information to facilitate their evaluation and purchase of designated products
  • Purchasing Division ensures that environmentally preferable products are designated in procurement documents whenever practicable
  • Purchasing Division supports the purchase of recycled and environmentally preferred products
Examples of Green Procurement Initiatives
  • Ensure that environmentally preferable paper products, such as 35% post-consumer recycled content paper, is used when providing print services to City departments and require two-sided copies
  • Retrofit City buildings with energy-efficient lighting, heating, and air conditioning equipment
  • Require mowing contracts to include mulching
  • Develop procurement specifications to encourage the use of remanufactured toner cartridges for desktop printers, recycled paper products, and plastic bags
  • Conversion to hybrid vehicles under the Vehicle Fleet Environmental Acquisition Policy