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Purchasing

The Trail Blazers are committed to utilizing environmentally friendly cleaning products and equipment, and in keeping with Portlandís status as the slow food capital of the U.S., we offer guests a line of locally made food and beverage alternatives. We have forged partnerships with suppliers to further develop sustainable purchasing. We are committed to purchasing green-seal and 100% bio-degradable paper products, 100% recycled content trash liners, replacing disposables with re-usable commodities, and utilizing green-certified chemicals and equipment.

Implemented Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy that identified source reduction, waste prevention and reuse practiced to help reduce consumption of virgin materials and the negative environmental impacts.

Meet sustainable purchasing criteria for 68% of all ongoing consumables, 98% for durable goods/electronics, 90% for lighting equipment and 80% for facility alterations and additions.

Compostable Food and Beverage Supplies:
Converted approximately 95% of our disposable product lines used in food/beverage and offices with compostable products, which can go directly into our organic food-waste stream.
50% of food and beverage is sourced locally.
54% of cleaning products purchased meet sustainable purchasing criteria.
73% of cleaning equipment purchased meets sustainable purchasing criteria.
All Rose Garden paper products used are green-seal and 100% bio-degradable.
Purchasing office paper products that consist of at least 30% post-consumer recycled paper.

Instituted a Green Cleaning Policy to reduce the exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemical, biological and particulate contaminants, which adversely affect air quality, human health, building finishes, building systems and the environment. This includes purchase of sustainable cleaning products, hard floor and carpet care products, disposable paper products, trash liners and hand-soaps that meet green-seal sustainability criteria.

Using washable cloths to avoid using purely disposable products. These cloths take the place for about 1/2 a ton of disposable products on a yearly basis.

Trash bag liners are manufactured from 100% recycled materials.

Purchased electric vehicle for grounds maintenance staff to utilize on campus, as a substitute for a typical gas-powered vehicle.

Purchased several green certified floor cleaning and maintenance equipment used for scrubbing flooring surfaces. These reduce the volume of water consumed, chemicals and floor finish necessary to maintain facility by up to 70%. Equipment is comprised of products that are 95% recyclable at end-of-life. Equipment is quiet, maintaining a noise level below 70dBa.

Indoor Integrated Pest Management Plan:
EcoSensitive approach meets the best management practices for Integrated Pest Management as outlined by the USGBC. Converted many concession uniforms to ones made from Bamboo fibers.

Purchased Energy Star rated appliances for our food and beverage areas and received grant-funding from the Energy Trust of Oregon to help off-set these capital expenses.

Offer a line of sustainable food and beverage items, including locally and organically grown ingredients.

During recent facility renovations, purchased and installed green-certified carpets and used low or no-VOC paints.

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