Thompson Rivers University

High Impact Procurement Opportunities List and Sustainability Factsheets


Reeve brought stakeholders from multiple departments together to provide focused direction on where sustainable procurement should be applied in the upcoming contracting and low-value purchasing schedule. Informed by departmental interviews and a workshop in January 2020, Reeve crafted a High Impact Procurement Opportunities (HIPO) List that identified:

  • Categories with high spend and/or high potential for environmental and social impact
  • Categories in which contracts are up for tendering, renewal, or renegotiation in the near term
  • Categories where there is market readiness to provide more sustainable alternatives


In addition, Reeve developed 5 Sustainability Factsheets on specific product categories—from professional services to electric machines, catering and more. These Factsheets were distributed to the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee and staff across the university to support more sustainable decentralized purchasing.


“This project has generated more focus and momentum for the next level of sustainable procurement across all departments of TRU. This was a very significant opportunity to come together to learn what each other has done and what they aspire to implement next. We came out of the project with clear successes to share and tools to engage the campus to take action in key categories.” – Jim Gudjonson, Director of the Office of Environment and Sustainability