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Jul 22, 2014 7:24 PM by Katie Ferber, KSBY News

Cal Poly graduate changes the way CSU buys electronics

Cal Poly spends more than a million dollars every year on electronics.

University President Jeffrey Armstrong recently signed a resolution that changes where the products can be purchased. The resolution hopes to prevent the university from purchasing electronics made with "conflict minerals." These minerals are mined in the Republic of Congo and are sold to finance war efforts.

Cal Poly Political Science graduate Katie Hoselton came up with the plan. It started as just a goal for Cal Poly, but will be used across the 23 campus CSU system.

In 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law banning state agencies from buying from companies who use products with the so-called "conflict minerals." However, the Cal State University System was not included in that ban. Hoselton wanted that to change. Her projected was backed by many Cal Poly professors.

Director of Contracts and Procurement at Cal Poly, Drew Zachmeyer, told KSBY News, "This is a pretty remarkable result given that this state law actually does not apply to the CSU, she has ultimately caused this to be followed by the largest public university system in the world and that's pretty amazing."

Buyers will now monitor all purchases and research products that may be using "conflict minerals."

Zachmeyer said CSU will work toward new procedures to implement within the next year.

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