In 2014, SCMA™ recommitted to our goals of promoting sustainable procurement practices and increasing competitive advantage by undertaking the Purchaser Power project. SCMA™ is in a unique and valuable position, in which we are able to connect with many different sectors of the economy. This allows us to promote and champion the use of ENERGY STAR ® products as a means to increasing cost and energy efficiency, with the added bonus of decreasing carbon emissions. We have provided our members with five case studies that show the successes other institutions/businesses have had with ENERGY STAR, and these cases are provided via the links below. Click on the (icons) to view the case studies in PDF form, and learn how to minimize cost while maximizing efficiency.

Purchaser Power Case Study Executive Summaries


Westin Hotel Chain (PDF, 738.5 KB)

See how The Westin Ottawa’s commitment to sustainability has resulted in a 9.1% reduction in overall consumption since 2008, a figure that is well on the way to their goal of a 30% reduction by 2020. The Westin Ottawa employed Energy Star products in several key energy consumption areas such as lighting, heating and ventilation, and refrigeration in order to ramp up their efficiency efforts. This case study shows how making small scale changes in technology can have a large impact on the carbon emissions and energy consumption of a large business like a hotel.


Humber College Toronto (PDF, 662.1 KB)

Humber College is a well-respected post-secondary institution in Toronto, ON with over 27,500 full time registrants. This case study examines how Humber has created a comprehensive and extensive plan for purchasing and ethical sourcing, and for energy consumption reduction overall. Humber’s plan touches on several key areas such as the elimination of toxic materials on campus and developing ”sustainably preferable” purchasing policies. Humber’s comprehensive strategy also involved significant student involvement by way of requesting the graphic design students to create an educational campaign for the program. This ensured that all members of the Humber community, including staff and students, felt a connection and commitment to the goals set by the program. This is a good example of an institution going above and beyond the call of duty for its sustainability and environmental goals, and is an excellent model for a large scale institution that wants to enact large scale change.


Health Care in New Brunswick FacilicorpNB (PDF, 557.26 KB)

The Facilicorp case examines how FacilicorpNB oversaw the revamping of the Regional Health Authorities of New Brunswick’s energy management strategy. Their strategy involved a collaborative effort from both the FacilicorpNB team and the area’s health care facilities that came together to spot energy saving opportunities. The final strategy involved replacing old, outdated technology with Energy Star products and making smaller changes such as installing motion sensor activated lighting and LED bulbs. They tested the process and product in one facility, validating their findings before rolling out the program across the board. This resulted in total energy savings of over $250,000 at one hospital alone, and their efforts show that collaboration and teamwork are necessary for reducing any organization’s carbon footprint.

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City of Markham (PDF, 657.18 KB)

The City of Markham is a large municipality located in the GTA with a population of over 340,000 people. This diverse and growing city has shown dedication towards reducing carbon emissions for years, and their most recent Greenprint plan has pledged to reach “net zero energy, water, waste and emissions by 2050,” a goal that, if met, would make Markham one of the most energy efficient, environmentally friendly municipalities in North America. To get this plan underway the city council of Markham focused on three major areas including; replacing outdated technology with more efficient tech (ex. LED streetlights, new vending machines), ensuring that new building projects meet energy efficiency standards, and investing in renewable energy sources. Markham has undertaken over 90 projects since the Greenprint strategy was devised in 2011, and is an excellent example of the steps a large municipality can take to improve their energy consumption overall.

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Hewlett-Packard (HP) Canada (PDF, 568.21 KB)

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is one of the world’s largest and best known companies in the computer, printer and server industry. Although the name recognition of the company is almost ubiquitous, did you know that HP is an industry leader in sustainability? HP uses a technological and human approach to sustainability, focusing on manufacturing and creating more efficient products as well as educating their employees, partners and customers about ways to use technology to help the environment. HP was one of the original companies that joined forces with the US Environmental Protection Agency to create the ENERGY STAR program, and has contributed many other advances to sustainability in the tech world, such as creating the web based HP Carbon Footprint Calculator. This case is a good example of how corporate culture, attitude and values lead to businesses with successful environmental programs and energy efficiency goals.