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How SEEPP began

Key Council decisions

September 13, 2004 – Council directed Administration to develop a Sustainable Environmental and Ethical Procurement Policy (SEEPP).

December 8, 2004 – Council directed Administration to incorporate the policy development phase into the 2006-2008 Business Plans and Budget. The budget was approved on November 21, 2005.

January 22, 2007 – Council approved the Sustainable Environment and Ethical Procurement Policy (SEEPP) in principle to facilitate commodity evaluations on a pilot implementation basis for apparel, food and chemicals as a first priority in 2007.

April 16, 2008 – Council formally approved SEEPP for implementation at The City, following a successful pilot implementation project in 2007.

Project milestones

These are a few of the milestones on The City's journey to sustainability:

  • In 1992, The City introduced an Environmental Policy to comply with applicable legislation, conserve resources and prevent pollution, and continually improve its environmental performance;
  • In 2001, The City's Supply Business Unit instituted a Green Procurement Policy and since that time has taken on a number of green procurement initiatives.  Some of these were focused on the procurement of office furniture, non-toxic janitorial products, ecologo certified vegetable-based hydraulic fluid, and certified modular carpet;
  • In 2003, City Council passed a Sustainable Building Policy that indirectly guides procurement of sustainable building materials among other things. This policy outlines the City's commitment to implement sustainable building principles in all new and existing buildings, which includes the procurement of materials that contain recycled content, are regionally available, are reused, or meet certain certification standards;
  • In 2004, City Council endorsed a Triple Bottom Line (TBL) Policy Framework to align key City policy initiatives and decision-making by Council and Administration.  Since then the TBL initiative has catalyzed discussion on how to address the social, economic, environmental and smart growth impacts of all its decisions and actions on City business and protect and enhance these qualities for future generations of Calgarians.
  • In 2005, the Council also passed a motion stating that the City of Calgary would adopt the Melbourne Principles for the purpose of the TBL Policy for a two year implementation period.  The Melbourne Principles – the only internationally ratified set of sustainability principles for cities - are used alongside the TBL policy within the City of Calgary's decision-making processes.  These principles highlight the need for cities to achieve long term economic and social security;
  • Through the 2005-2006 imagineCALGARY process, Calgarians expressed their long range vision of a sustainable Calgary that captures their values and inspires action.  A dynamic SEEPP project is in keeping with major 30 year targets and strategies that will contribute to the imagineCALGARY vision.

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