Anchor Institutions and the Purchasing Co-op
DC Clean Energy Act: What You Need To Know
With the recent Amazon HQ2 bidding wars, it is clear cities need a more thoughtful approach to local economic development. As more nonprofits consider what a deliberate approach to re-making the economy might look like, we want to offer our community purchasing co-op model as a complement to the growing work of universities and hospitals trying to refocus on local, equitable economic development.
Last year over 100 small anchor institutions in Washington DC purchased $16.7 million of goods & services through the Community Purchasing Alliance Cooperative (CPA), with almost $10 million going to minority owned businesses.
Property Savvy or No?
We've spoken with a number of suppliers over the last few months about this legislation and potential impact, and here's what we've learned:
In short: If you're currently in a third party supply contract (including CPA aggregations), this legislation won't affect your current contract.
There's another way to do your janitorial RFP
Is it your full time job to manage a facility? Perhaps you have years of experience behind you, and you feel confident in your property know-how. OR maybe you are like Rev. Martha Clark at St. Augustine’s Episcopal in DC. She told our ED Felipe last week that at her church “none of us are property savvy at all.”
Click the video below to hear Rev. Clark share her testimonial of working with on of our preferred vendors.
Strength in Numbers: How 31 DC Institutions Worked Together to Fight Overcharges
We invited leaders in our member network to share their experience and insights to ensure that your next Janitorial RFP will run as smoothly as possible. Click to watch our video and learn more.
Sign or don’t sign?
Strength in numbers is not just a tagline for CPA Co-op, it is the philosophy behind everything we do. The strength of our group was displayed in full force last month when a routine PEPCO bill review forced us to confront the realities of a shifting energy industry.
A Whole New Network in Durham, NC
Time was tight. Sign or don’t sign? The organization that would soon become the Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA) had just emailed a draft contract that would save twelve religious institutions over $100,000 on their annual energy bills. The congregations had two hours to review and sign.
CPA can help with your security needs
CPA Co-op is growing! Building on our success in DC, we are launching a new co-op in Durham, North Carolina.
A note of solidarity
CPA helps 21 community institutions (mostly schools) procure $2.5 million per year in security staffing. Hourly rates range from $30-50 per hour for armed guards & off-duty police offers. More consistent scheduling (i.e. 20hrs/week), helps secure lower rates.
Want a Clean Energy Future? Build Power With Co-ops
Dear Friends, Members, Colleagues & CPA community,
When I was growing up, acts of mass violence and hate felt far away and infrequent. This week's violence, with the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, hits closer to home.
Want Clean Energy? Invest in Co-ops
What I’ve learned over the past 8 years, is that electricity contracts aren’t people focused, but they do want help getting it done. And ideally, they’d like it done right.
Real Co-op Magic: 2017's Group Meeting Impact
I watched the clean energy movement fall short in 2009 as climate policy failed to pass in the US Senate by one vote. After over a decade of work in energy analysis and procurement, I believe this movement failed because it did not have a clear understanding of how the utility sector works.
I’m new, so let me introduce myself
Reflecting on the new developments of 2017 that led to a new model for solar projects that include roof replacements, launching our Toolkit to inspire regional expansion, and re-focusing on peer group meetings as the space where the real co-op magic happens.
In 2013, we were an experiment. Today, the results speak for themselves.
I'm Jessica Johnson, the new Regional Director at CPA. My role here is to be more available to our current members and participants, create new programs that meet your needs, and expand our membership in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.
When we started CPA in 2013, it was an experiment. Could we save members time and money AND create an entity that funds itself AND have meaningful social and environmental impacts?