Environmental Stewardship In The 21st Century
Effective 11/19/2006, Chapter 329 of the Columbus City Code was amended to encourage the implementation of policies and procedures designed to promote the procurement of materials, supplies, equipment, construction and services from environmentally preferable bidders or offerors.
Section 329.31 of the Columbus City Code now states:
City agencies will develop specifications to encourage the purchase of materials, supplies, equipment, construction and services from an environmentally preferable bidder or offeror unless there is not an environmentally preferable manner in which to carry out the purpose of the contract. The goal of such purchasing is to not only preserve and conserve natural resources and to help keep materials out of the solid waste stream, but to also leverage the city's buying power to nurture the marketplace for recycled and recyclable products.
In evaluating bids or offers for materials, supplies, equipment, construction and services, preference will be given to an environmentally preferable bidder who offers a product or service equal to or superior to that of a non-environmentally preferable bidder or offeror where the environmentally preferable bid or offer does not exceed by more than 5% (up to a maximum of $20,000) the lowest responsive and responsible and best bid from any non-environmentally preferable bid or offer. The environmentally preferable bidder will be required to demonstrate to the city agency procuring the product or service how their bid is equal to or superior to that of a non-environmentally preferable bidder. Where the bidder or offeror is local, the applicable credit for a local bidder or offeror shall be calculated first.
Environmentally Preferable Bidder or Offeror
Definition: A bidder or offeror whose bid or offer consists of materials, supplies, equipment, construction and/or services which have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared to competing materials, supplies, equipment, construction and services that serve the same purpose. This comparison may consider any aspect of the procurement cycle, including but not limited to raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance or disposal of the material, supply, equipment, construction or service. To be considered an environmentally preferable bidder or offeror, the bidder or offeror must clearly specify in the invitation for bid how their materials, supplies, equipment, construction or services qualify their bid or offer as "environmentally preferable".