South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium

South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium

Three Decades of Higher Education Excellence Through Collaboration

Joint Purchasing

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Based on a recommendation from the Sustainability Task Force, SMHEC explored the possibility of a collective purchase of electricity to take advantage of the purchasing power of the group. In 2011, SMHEC released a Request for Proposal, chose a vendor and entered into an agreement with that vendor. Through this collective purchase, SMHEC institutions are significantly reducing their electricity costs and increasing the percentage of green energy in their portfolios.

Since 2014, our contracts provide 15% green power (wind), more than double the 7% mandated by the state, and continue to be a significant cost savings for each institution.




Inside Higher Education advertising contract

The joint contract with Inside Higher Education allows institutions to advertise open faculty and staff positions with the online journal Inside Higher Education at a discount on the individual institution rate.




Library resources

SMHEC is currently exploring the joint purchase of library resources.