Environmentally responsible purchasing

As Penn State's new manager of supplier diversity and environmentally responsible purchasing, Duane Bullock will visit units and departments to talk about why they should consider doing business with a diversity-owned (i.e., minority, women, historically underutilized business zone, veteran) supplier. He also plans to increase the number of diversity suppliers doing business with Penn State. On top of that, Bullock will urge departments to buy products that are environmentally friendly, and he will encourage existing and potential suppliers to provide such products and do it at a reasonable cost.

Bullock sees outreach efforts as key to the new program's success. Already a member of the Regional Minority Purchasing Council of Pittsburgh, Bullock plans to join the Philadelphia council as another way to identify potential business. He also plans to visit vendors -- lots of them -- to find out, as he explains, "what they're capable of, to see if there's a fit." And that fit, he is quick to point out, may be with University Park or with any of the commonwealth campus locations.

Jim Dunlop, director of Procurement Services, says that the program is about bringing good opportunities to all of Penn State.

Last Updated March 19, 2009