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
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
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.