Participants will gain access to a platform that makes smart purchasing decisions much easier and feeds critical data back to the state
Beneficial State Foundation is developing a climate challenge in a bid to inspire and reward California state, county, and city institutions that maximise savings, green their supply chains, and engage communities to take action. The challenge was announced at the Global Climate Action Summit.
According to the foundation, the challenge will be taken up by leading California institutions including, the California State University (CSU) system, and several mid-sized cities including Palo Alto and Elk Grove.
Climate challenge participants will gain access to a platform that aims to makes climate smart purchasing decisions easy and feeds critical data back to the State of California for purposes of evidencing its legislated and Cop21 commitments to lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Included in the platform will be a marketplace of products that have been certified by third-party ratings organisations such as Energy Star, Green Seal, Water Sense, and LEED. Purchases made through the marketplace will automatically calculate and report GHG reduction data to the state.
“Businesses and institutions are increasingly attuned to their environmental footprint, yet they lack systems to help them easily find and source competitively priced sustainable products"
Users will be able to enroll in the “carbon drawdown” – a community engagement programme that encourages and rewards people for making other environmentally conscious decisions such as taking public transit, carpooling, and using refillable water bottles – all of which may also be reported to the state.
“Businesses and institutions are increasingly attuned to their environmental footprint, yet they lack systems to help them easily find and source competitively priced sustainable products, engage with suppliers to influence their environmental commitments, and ensure that their purchases maximise benefits to local communities,” said Kat Taylor, co-founder and CEO of Beneficial State Bank and chairperson of Beneficial State Foundation. “The climate challenge seeks to fill this void.”
Beneficial State Foundation said it is working with various leaders in sustainable purchasing, clean energy, and community engagement to bring this vision to life.
Energy Solutions develops and implements large-scale energy, carbon and water management solutions for governments, utilities, and private sector clients. Ecomedes curates and maintains the largest directory of independently certified high-performance green-building products in the world.
3P Partners offers a hands-free platform through which users earn a “currency of good” (positive impact points) for trackable beneficial behaviours that they can use to reduce the cost of safe, healthy food, to pay enrollment fees and other school expenses, or to make a donation.
“The CSU system is always looking for ways to drive efficiency and sustainability through greening the supply chain,” added Arun Casuba, executive director and strategic sourcing and chief procurement officer in CSU’s office of the chancellor.
“The opportunity for the platform to also incentivise student engagement in healthy and sustainable behaviours is yet another benefit that directly aligns with our student engagement mission.”
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