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.




Joint Solar RFP

The SMHEC Sustainability Task Force is pursuing a joint solar opportunity to install solar at 6-7 SMHEC campuses.

Through new legislation, the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), incentives are the highest they have ever been, allowing colleges and universities to install up to 2 MW solar system with no incurred costs.
With these new incentives, SMHEC recognizes the time to install solar on campuses has never been better.
After more than eight months of following FEJA, the Sustainability Task Force has issued a joint RFP that will allow seven institutions to identify the feasibility of installing solar on campus and the opportunity to select a qualified developer if the proposed project meets the needs of the institution.
The Sustainability Task Force will review all proposals received beginning in April.
Stay tuned for updates!