Thompson Rivers University

Sustainable Purchasing Guide & Toolkit


Reeve Consulting worked with TRU’s Sustainability and Procurement teams to develop a Sustainable Purchasing Guide. The Guide directly supports TRU’s Campus Strategic Sustainability Plan by providing staff across its three campuses with guidance on how to include sustainability within standard procurement processes and departmental operations.

The Guide is organized by procurement type—from direct procurements with purchasing cards to requests for proposals (RFPs)—a simple set of steps is offered for each procurement type. It also contains the following tools:

  • Risk and Opportunity Assessment Checklist
  • Supplier Leadership Questionnaire
  • Life Cycle Analysis Assessment Tool
  • Total Cost of Ownership Worksheet

The Guide was presented to TRU’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee in February 2019, alongside a communications plan.


“We are confident that the Guide will help us drive more impact in sustainable procurement,” reports “The simple process guidelines for each type of procurement give our buyers clarity on what to do, and how to bring sustainability into their purchasing decisions.” – Eric Vandermeulen, Procurement Manager