Purchasing

Computers and Electronics: 

Although there is no formal policy in place, procurement standards meet or exceeding Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) Silver or higher products.

Factors that determine whether a computer/computer product is environmentally preferable include:

  • Use of recycled or recyclable materials
  • Minimal packaging
  • Environmental and financial costs over the product’s life
  • Toxicity of materials or application
  • Ability to reduce energy consumption
  • Durability and product life Maintenance needs
  • Environmental impact of product disposal 

 

Cleaning Products:

Green cleaning is not just about products, but sustainable cleaning methods. Products must be selected on their ability to be:

 

  • Green Seal Certified or Ecologo certification required
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • GreenGuard Environmental Institute
  • Disposable janitorial paper products
  • “Bio-degradable” garbage bags a minimum 10% post-consumer recycled content
  • Eco friendly floor cleaning solutions - dilution controlled

 

Paper:

All copy/bond paper purchased throughout the institution must be a minimum 30% post-consumer recycled content and FSC Certified.

 

Vendor Code of Conduct:


Suppliers are chosen based on guidelines consistent with ethical business practices that respect social, environmental and economic impacts.