UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

Procurement and Business Services

The Procurement and Business Service Speaker Selection Committee is looking forward for speakers with a focus on the ways that statewide procurement driven policies can be implemented systemwide, encouraging more sustainable business services in the process. We encourage people who have not presented before to share their best practices and past presenters to provide updates on how they have adapted to changing conditions for the 2018 conference. Please consider presenting on lessons learned as well as best practices.

We are looking for student, staff, and faculty from colleges in California to present.  We are interested in presentations including, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Manage print programs: libraries and computer labs and how they deal with printing
  • Paper reduction (beyond transitioning to 100% PCW paper)
  • Purchasing policy
  • Procurement & surplus partnership and/or crossovers
  • Buyer’s guides (e.g. purchasing sheets)
  • Analyzing the improvements made vs. the investment in money and labor and looking for the best ROI.
  • Leveraging RFP and joint purchasing agreements to increase sustainability

For more information on application instructions, presentation styles, and the review process, please visit our overall call for proposals page.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposal evaluation criteria, the speaker selection guidelines, relationship to the conference theme “data-driven change and engagement”, and with consideration of the areas of interest above. You may also find it helpful to see what topics we covered at our last conference on our 2019 Concurrent Sessions page. Please click “Procurement” on the left hand side of the screen to see the procurement and business services related sessions at last year’s conference.  One highlight from last year’s conference is a panel highlighting Riley Smith, Jessian Choy, and Alicia Culver who presented on “Development of EPP Policy and Criteria for Improved Sustainable Procurement.”

Please also consider applying for a best practice award this year in sustainability innovations or other categories.  Several new award categories have been added! You can learn more at our overall best practice awards program page and on the page highlighting the updated award categories.  You may apply for both a best practice award as well as the call for proposals for speaking. Some of the questions are intentionally the same to allow for some of the answers to be copied and pasted from the call for proposals for speaking.  Different committees review the call for proposals for speaking and the best practice awards and so it is important to apply for both if you want to be considered for both.