• Winter visitors watching geysers erupting

    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

Purchasing and Reduction: Goals and Objectives

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Used bear spray canisters are collected around the Yellowstone Area, where they are then crushed and recycled.
 

Purchase environmentally friendly products and minimize the lifecycle impacts of purchased materials.

  • Follow with EPA's recommendations for environmentally preferable purchasing of products and services and comply with standards and guidelines where applicable. (Action items due: by 2016 - 50 percent; by 2020 - 100 percent)

  • Monitor/track purchasing streams to establish accountability for environmental purchasing. (Action items due: 2013)

  • Implement purchasing policies and requirements for commonly purchased goods and increase central supply items that meet environmentally preferred minimum standards. (Action items due: 2013)

  • Purchase locally and regionally produced sustainable commodities. (Action items due: Ongoing)

  • Purchase of commodities with little packaging, recyclable or biodegradable materials, non-toxic components and low embodied energy from manufacturing and transportation. (Action items due: Ongoing)

  • Offer visitors environmentally responsible, choices and minimize disposable products such as plastic water bottles. (Action items due: 2013)

  • Include sustainability requirements and environmental performance assessments in evaluation criteria for all contracts involving the purchase of products and/or services. (Action items due: 2016)

Ensure the most sustainable use of waste products.

  • Divert municipal solid waste from landfills. (Action items due: by 2016 - 75 percent diversion; by 2020 - 90 percent diversion)

  • Monitor/track diversion rates for recycling efforts. (Action items due: 2013)

  • Collaborate with partners and local communities to ensure efficient, low impact collection, separation, transportation, and disposal/reuse of waste. (Action items due: 2014)

  • Ensure end source markets for waste recycling and disposal are environmentally sound and respect human health and safety. (Action items due: 2016)

  • Implement standards and strategies for recycling and reusing construction and demolition waste to divert building and infrastructure materials from landfills. (Action items due: by 2016 - 75 percent diversion; by 2020 - 90 percent diversion)

Educate employees and visitors on the importance of purchasing and waste reduction, to inspire them to buy green and reduce waste in Yellowstone and at home.

  • Educate staff on standards and policies for environmental purchasing and waste reduction (Action items due: Ongoing)

  • Provide consistent information on Yellowstone's environmental purchasing and waste reduction efforts to employees and visitors (Action items due: 2013)

  • Inform visitors of the environmental impacts of their purchases and opportunities to minimize waste associated with their visit (Action items due: 2016)

 
 
 

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