Purchasing

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Free Subscription ($60 Value) to Green Building & Design (gb&d) Bimonthly Magazine for AASHE Members

  • gb&d (IL)

As an AASHE member, you are entitled to a free subscription ($60 value) to gb&d’s bimonthly magazine. gb&d began more than 10 years ago, when its founder set out ...


COVID-19 and Sustainability Resources

  • Princeton University (NJ)

The Office of Sustainability has compiled this list of resources to support Princeton University students, faculty and staff as they navigate challenges related to sustainability and COVID-19 at this moment ...

  • Posted Sept. 11, 2020
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A Holistic Approach and Model for a Sustainable Food System

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

The Harvard Office for Sustainability (OFS) convened a multi-disciplinary committee of world-renowned faculty to translate their research into action on campus to create a more sustainable food system that contributes ...

  • Posted July 9, 2020
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Doing Good While Doing Your Job – Moving Toward a Circular Economy (during this time of Coronavirus)

  • Stony Brook University (NY)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (DC)
  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)
  • Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Brought to you by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) and its members – a network of higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies and ...

  • Posted May 28, 2020
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Committing UC Berkeley to the Strongest Plastic Ban in the Country

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • CALPIRG Students (CA)

CALPIRG Students, a student-run public interest nonprofit, ran and won their campaign to commit UC Berkeley to eliminate all non-essential single-use plastic by 2030. This is the strongest plastic ban ...


The Free Store: A centre for re-use & recycling at the University of Ottawa

  • University of Ottawa (ON)

The University of Ottawa’s Residences had a problem with waste. Large dumpsters would fill with valuable and reusable items every spring and fall when students moved out. These items ...


Diversity Food Services: Leading the Way on Socially and Environmentally responsible Campus Dining in Canada

  • University of Winnipeg (MB)

The University of Winnipeg Campus Sustainability Office would like to nominate Diversity Food Services for an AASHE Campus Sustainability Achievement Award.

Diversity Food Services is a joint venture of the ...


The relationship between moral competences and sustainable consumption among higher education students

  • NEOMA Business School (Rouen)
  • Comillas Universidad Pontificia (Madrid)

Despite claims of the importance of students developing moral competences in the context of Education for Sustainable Consumption, the literature lacks a systematic perspective that empirically assesses the association between ...


Green Chemistry and Environmental Management Systems: Relationships, Synergies, Advantages and Barriers of Joint Implementation at Universities

  • Universidad San Jorge

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) based on international standard ISO 14001 are recognized as a tool to improve the environment and the sustainability of organizations. Green Chemistry (GC) seeks to reduce ...


Sustainability and procurement practices in higher education institutions: Barriers and drivers

  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Passo Fundo
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Federal University of Santa Maria
  • University of Winchester
  • University of the Aegean (Lesvos)

A review of the literature reveals the scant research on sustainable procurement in the public sector, and in particular higher education institutions (HEIs). In this context, this paper aims to ...


How mindfulness training cultivates introspection and competence development for sustainable consumption

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Purpose This paper aims to explore the relationship between introspection and key competencies for sustainable consumption (KCSCs). It investigates whether mindfulness training can cultivate the ability to introspect and stimulate ...


The Working Farms Fund: Partnership to Build a Sustainable Local Food System

  • Emory University (GA)

Emory University and The Conservation Fund have formed a new partnership to support next-generation farmers in Georgia and help build the local food supply across metro Atlanta with a first-of-its-kind ...


“Box to Farm to Compost”: A Paradigm Shift from an Extractive Culture to Regenerative Culture

  • Iowa State University (IA)

As a land grant university with a student population of over 30,000 students and about 6000 faculty and staff, there are enormous packaging items that make its way to ...


Analysing material and embodied environmental flows of an Australian university — Towards a more circular economy

  • University of Melbourne (Victoria)

Humans are extracting and consuming unprecedented quantities of materials from the crust of the Earth. Contributing to this consumption, university campuses require large amounts of materials to operate. This offers ...

  • Posted March 4, 2020
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Webinar: Innovation in Cleaning for Custodians and Students

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • AASHE (PA)

Stanford University’s Residential and Dining Enterprises has adopted a green cleaning standard that has reduced chemical usage in residences by over 90%. The system engineers water by infusing it ...

  • Posted Dec. 12, 2019
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Sustainable Procurement: Considerations and Best Practices

  • EPEAT/Green Electronics Council (OR)

Strategic sustainable purchasing programs allow institutional purchasers, and colleges and universities in particular to advance the sustainable design of products and services they purchase while realizing environmental savings for their ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Leading with Circular Economy Concepts, Business Cases and Tools

  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. (WA)
  • Interface Americas (GA)

A circular economy is an economic system aimed at minimizing waste and making the most of resources. This regenerative approach (in contrast to the traditional linear economy, which has a ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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EcoCoin Program as an Effective Alternative to Banning Plastic Bags

  • University of Connecticut (CT)

On a small scale, localized bans and ordinances against single use plastic bags present many challenges: How will it impact local businesses' bottom line? Will customers go elsewhere? Who enforces ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Sustainable Economy in Labs: I2SL's Landfill Diversion Working Group Pursues Upstream Dysfunction

  • Emory University (GA)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

Researcher time is for research! Join us in calling for upstream innovations to build a circular economy and protect valuable scholar time! Achieving sustainability in laboratory settings with regard to ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Improving Sustainable Purchasing Through Business Services Systems and Practices

  • Stanford University (CA)

The purchase of supplies by staff in universities is connected to the use of energy, water, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste. The types and quantities of supplies purchased in universities ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Sustainable Procurement in Laboratories: It's Time to Act

  • My Green Lab (CA)

Recent years have seen an increased focus on sustainable procurement across a multitude of industries. Yet with little information or sustainability standards for laboratory products, it has been challenging for ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Beyond Green - Can Your IT Purchasing Also Drive Supply Chain Responsibility?

  • TCO Certified (TX)

IT hardware is a complex category for institutional purchasers. Institutions are concerned about not only environmental impacts of their IT infrastructure, but also working conditions in the manufacturing supply chains ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Breaking the Cycle of Convenience Culture: Inspiring Accountability Through Ownership

  • KeepCup (CA)

College and university campuses are not closed systems. The population changes day to day, depending on class, staff, and vendor schedules and activities. With an ever-changing population with diverse needs ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Leveraging Campus Buying Power to Get Toxic Chemicals Out of Our Food and Off School Grounds

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Center for Environmental Health

This session aims to educate, inspire, and equip purchasing decision makers, relevant staff and students to take action, collaborate with other purchasers, and employ creative solutions to eliminate toxic chemicals ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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California State University Says Goodbye to Single-Use Plastics

  • California State University, Chancellor's Office (CA)
  • California State University, Long Beach (CA)
  • California State University, Los Angeles (CA)

The California State University includes 23 campuses, 500,000 students and sustains more than 150,000 employees. A new system policy enacted in December establishes purchasing practices aimed at eliminating ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Purchasing With Your Values

  • Bow Valley College (AB)

Public institutions have to be conscious stewards of public funds when making purchasing decisions. Passing Sustainable Purchasing Policies or Procedures can help empower employees of schools to be creative and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Supply Chain Partnerships: MSU and SPLC Pilot BENCHMARK in Higher Ed Operations

  • Michigan State University (MI)
  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

Organizations around the world have recognized the need for supply chain sustainability in order to reduce the environmental, social and economic impacts of their purchasing while protecting and delivering value ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Leveraging Institutional Buying Power for Sustainable Procurement: A Strategizing Session

  • Boston University (MA)
  • University of California, Office of the President (CA)

Many colleges and universities have separate conversations with the same suppliers. Imagine the impact we could have on the environment if higher ed coordinated sustainability requests of these companies and ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Outdoor Program Gear Purchasing: Applying Leave No Trace Ethics to Create a Circular Economy

  • Auburn University (AL)
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville (NC)

This session will explore how outdoor programs can become more sustainable in regard to purchasing, maintenance, and transportation while effectively educating the student population on these topics. Presenters are two ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Improving Health in the Built Environment Through a Class-Based Approach to Chemicals of Concern

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • Center for Environmental Health

This panel introduces purchasers (and manufacturers) to the targeted chemical class-based approach to help provide clarity grounded in science about how to avoid the most common chemicals of concern in ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Can Buying Better Products Help Reverse Global Warming? Toward Circular, Carbon-Storing Procurement

  • Interface Americas (GA)

What does Procurement have to do with global warming? Research indicates that the embodied carbon (the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere from product supply chains, manufacturing and transport) purchased by ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Data-Driven Sustainability: How Universities Can Use Data to Make Ethical Licensing Decisions

  • Sumerra (OR)

Poor working conditions at a factory in China that manufactures t-shirts bearing a university's logo aren't that university's problem, right? Wrong. Universities are increasingly called to account ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Turning Values Into Results: The Real Food Calculator and Real Food Procurement

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

Through their purchasing power, institutions of higher education are in a position to create positive change in our food system that is currently dominated by industrial agriculture and exploitative, unsustainable ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Sustaining Local Producers Through University Purchasing

  • Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Universities have the opportunity to play a pivotal role in their local economies by buying local. Through their large purchasing power in food procurement, universities can support a local food ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Local, Sustainable, Grassfed and Delicious: Harvest Table North Carolina Case Study

  • Wake Forest University (NC)
  • Changing Tastes (MA)
  • Harvest Table Culinary Group (PA)

More than two decades of work to promote local, sustainable and real food in colleges has transformed what it means to succeed in foodservice. It's raised awareness of the ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Going Beyond Local to Build Just and Sustainable Rural Economies

  • University of Missouri (MO)
  • Aramark (PA)
  • Farm Forward (OR)
  • Niman Ranch (CO)

Historically, the phrase 'sustainable food' focused exclusively on environmental impacts of food production, but to build a truly sustainable food system we must broaden the aperture to consider how the ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Supporting a Sustainable Economy Through Partnership With Local Food Hubs

  • Gonzaga University (WA)
  • Sodexo USA (MD)
  • Puget Sound Food Hub (WA)
  • LINC Foods (WA)

This session will showcase how to effectively collaborate with local producers to build a more sustainable economy through increased purchases of local products and to raise awareness about food systems ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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The Future of Real Food

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

The past ten years have seen a dramatic shift in real food purchasing on college and university campuses. Local food and sustainability are now common conversations in campus dining. Values ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Fair Trade Campus Advocacy for a Sustainable Economy

  • Gonzaga University (WA)
  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and in communities across the U.S. Our Fair Trade Colleges ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Leveraging the Power of Institutional Purchasing to Create a Sustainable Economy through Fair Trade

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • Aramark (PA)
  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and in communities across the U.S. Our Fair Trade Colleges ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Broadening the Impact of Renewable Energy Purchases: A Case Study

  • Low Impact Hydropower Institute (MA)

Current trends in the renewable energy market, particularly in the growing PPA procurement segment, have focused on energy usage and supporting new development. This limited focus has been directed primarily ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Lots of Watts: Building an Energy Cohort to Buy Big Renewables

  • Lafayette College (PA)
  • CustomerFirst Renewables (MD)

As campuses face climate action targets, or seek to manage energy budgets, large-scale renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPAs) have emerged as a practical and cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Easier Said Than Done: Developing a Replicable Framework for Implementing CAP's in Higher Ed

  • California State University, East Bay (CA)
  • California State University, Northridge (CA)

When beginning to execute a Climate Action Plan it becomes apparent that there isn't a 'one-size-fits-all' solution or a readily available replicable framework. Having to create your own tools ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Student Governments as Platforms for Sustainability Efforts

  • University of Denver (CO)

Many sustainability efforts on college campuses are student-driven, however, the majority of the students leading these efforts tend to be involved in sustainability-related organizations or employees of their university's ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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How 'Green' Can Green Cleaning Get? Strategies for Policy, Procurement, and Practice

  • University of California, Irvine (CA)
  • University of California, Merced (CA)
  • WAXIE Sanitary Supply (CA)

Waxie Sanitary Supply, the University of California, Irvine, and the University of California, Merced, are collaborating to build a more sustainable economy through green cleaning policies, procurement, and education. Implementing ...

  • Posted Dec. 4, 2019
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Turning the Page: A Behavior Change Toolkit for Reducing Paper Use

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Root Solutions (CA)

In 2017, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and Root Solutions, with funding from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, created the Turning the Page ...


Turning the Page: A Behavior Change Toolkit for Reducing Paper Use

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus (OR)
  • Root Solutions (CA)

From 2017-2019, Root Solutions trained more than 20 higher education institutions in how to use behavioral insights to save paper. Based on real-world experiences at these institutions as well as ...

  • Posted Oct. 24, 2019
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Good Food Purchasing Program, University of Texas at Austin

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

Good Food Purchasing Program - University of Texas at Austin is the first institution of higher education to participate in the Good Food Purchasing Program as a partner with the City ...


RFQ for Large Scale Renewable Energy consultant

  • Arizona State University (AZ)

This template will assist you in drafting a REquest for Qualifications for a consultant to assist in acquiring renewable energy via a Large Scale Renewable Energy (LSRE) project. Adapt at ...


The Circular Economy Beneath Your Feet. Take Ownership of your Plastic Flooring Footprint.

  • Interface Americas (GA)

Colleges and universities around the world are committed to sustainability, climate change action and carbon footprint reduction. However, many of these same colleges and universities overlook two of the largest ...

This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

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Purchasing Partners

7 Rivers Recycling

Onalaska, WI
Business Affiliate
7 Rivers Recycling (7RR) is a triple-bottom-line business that recycles mattresses through manual deconstruction.

Balfour College Division

Austin, TX
Business Affiliate

CustomerFirst Renewables

Gaithersburg, MD
Business Affiliate
CFR is an innovative, renewable energy advisory firm focused on bringing large-scale solutions directly to clients. CFR solutions typically meet up to 100% of power needs, cost less than brown power, and mitigate price uncertainty.

Dot Cup

Evanston, IL
Business Affiliate
Dot Cup manufactures and sells the patented Dot Menstrual Cup and is passionate about making the best, most sustainable products accessible to all people with periods.

Ecomedes

San Francisco, CA
Business Affiliate
Save money, watts and water for your buildings with the world's largest sustainable product catalog!

EPEAT/Green Electronics Council

Portland, OR
Business Affiliate

Fair Labor Association

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate
Improving Workers' Lives Worldwide

Green Seal

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

Oak Hall Cap & Gown

Salem, VA
Business Affiliate

Preserve

Waltham, MA
Business Affiliate
Preserve is a sustainable consumer goods company that produces eco-friendly products using recycled and biodegradable materials.

Rivanna Natural Designs

Richmond, VA
Business Affiliate
Planet-friendly awards and plaques. FSC-Certified wood, recycled glass

Sleep On Latex

Niles, IL
Business Affiliate

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate