Purchasing

Introduction

Collectively, institutions spend many billions of dollars on goods and services annually. Each purchasing decision represents an opportunity for institutions to choose environmentally and socially preferable products and services and support companies with strong commitments to sustainability.

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Large-Scale Renewables: The Next Chapter in Higher Education Sustainability Leadership Membership Required

Higher education is uniquely positioned to both expand and benefit from climate leadership. Many universities and colleges have substantially stepped up their commitments and efforts to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG ...

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University of Chicago New Construction Procurement Case Study: Securing Your Investment in Sustainability Membership Required

Join AASHE and Second Nature for an in-depth look under the hood of the University of Chicago’s innovative procurement approach to establish a measurable energy performance requirement in their ...

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Assessing Supply Chain Emissions in Higher Education: Who, Why and How

The intent of this paper is to provide public and private sector professionals with a guidebook as to how to track and report on their supply chain-specific greenhouse gas emissions.

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“I’m Just Going to Buy That!”: Confronting Consumerism in Teacher Education Membership Required

As educators at a faculty of education, the authors found that teacher candidates (TCs) invariably purchased new materials whenever they had an assignment requiring some form of construction activity. They ...

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Green public procurement as an initiative for sustainable consumption. An exploratory study of Spanish public universities Membership Required

Green public procurement has been considered an important policy instrument on the path toward realizing sustainable consumption and production. Additionally, universities are important to the promotion of sustainable consumption through ...

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Real Food Assessment Tips Membership Required

This document outlines helpful tips for identifying food and beverage products that meet the Real Food Standards, i.e. products that are fair, ecologically sound, humane, and/or local and ...

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Real Food Standards 2.0 Membership Required

The Real Food Standards are a comprehensive guide to socially and environmentally responsible food purchasing for universities, developed in deep collaboration with advisors and stakeholders - including 100+ farmers, ranchers, fishermen ...

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A Green Purchasing Policy Roadmap Membership Required

This document describes the results of a decision-making exercise conducted by attendees at NAEP's first Sustainability Institute in 2007. Groups of participants were asked to formulate a plan to ...

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2013 NAEP Green Purchasing Study Membership Required

This report describes the results of a 2013 survey of members of the National Association of Educational Procurement on green purchasing. Findings include:

  • 47% of respondents have a formal a ...
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Greener Cleaning Playbook: A guide to help sports venue operators develop a greener cleaning program Membership Required

This Playbook is designed to help sports facilities reduce the health and environmental threats associated with cleaning sports venues. Beyond protecting health, the cleaning industry uses significant quantities of chemicals ...

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An overview of life cycle assessment (LCA) and research-based teaching in renewable and sustainable energy education Membership Required

Engineers working as designers, managers and policy-makers play a key role in decision-making got sustainable energy solutions. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a key decision-making and benchmarking tool used for ...

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Procurement Leaders Talk Sustainability: Strategies & Case Studies Membership Required

Many sustainability goals - from climate change to zero-waste to water conservation to green dining - can be advanced cost-effectively with the strategic engagement of an institution's procurement professionals. But how ...

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Working with supply chain partners to achieve zero waste goals Membership Required

Many campuses are attempting to achieve zero waste goals, but are not able to overcome key challenges. Penn State has achieved zero waste in several sports venues by partnering with ...

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Getting it Done - Building a Team and Value Proposition for Large Scale Renewables - Part 2 Membership Required

This two part working session will help participants overcome two hurdles that have held back a wider adoption of large-scale renewable projects in the higher education: (1) establishing a team ...

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Getting it Done - Building a Team and Value Proposition for Large Scale Renewables - Part 1 Membership Required

This two part working session will help participants overcome two hurdles that have held back a wider adoption of large-scale renewable projects in the higher education: (1) establishing a team ...

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Cultivating Regional Partnerships on Campus: Sourcing and Food Service for a Sustainable Mid-Atlantic Food System Membership Required

How do colleges and universities successfully partner with sustainable producers, distributors, and food service management companies for a positive impact that goes beyond campus? Join a conversation among key players ...

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This Changes Everything: a Sustainability Revolution in New Building Procurement Membership Required

Join the University of Chicago as we revolutionize how higher ed buildings are contracted, built and operated. This residence hall panel discussion shows how performance-based procurement drives institutional change by ...

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Fish in the Sea, Fish on the Plate - How college foodservice programs can help maintain ocean health and biodiversity Membership Required

Fish and Seafood: Healthy, Sustainable and Confusing. Fish and seafood are among the healthiest and most sustainable protein choices we can make. But chosen poorly, eating fish and seafood also ...

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Sustainable Purchasing: Walking (And Talking) the Walk Membership Required

Higher education institutions have long been leaders in sustainability but instituting and communicating sustainability can be a challenge. Effective collaboration with those beyond the campus who also serve institutions is ...

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Learn how to Launch a University Surplus Program and Start Making Real Money for Sustainability While Reducing Your Waste Membership Required

Universities invest in equipment and facilities to stay competitive. While these acquisitions are needed, much of the 'obsolete' equipment offers value to a secondary market. Nationally, universities are extracting value ...

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Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal Membership Required

This session will introduce the new, comprehensive manual, The Lifecycle Management of Electronics from Procurement to Disposal, recently released by the Green Electronics Council and the National Association of Educational ...

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From San Francisco Sea Salt to Mt Lassen Trout-- Serving Up Extreme Local Theme Meals in Resident Dining Halls Membership Required

For the past 2 years, in celebration of food day and earth day, Cal Dining has hosted 'extreme local' theme meals in each of the four resident dining halls at ...

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The Prize of Collaboration is Resilience. Universities Lead on Inter-Organizational Reuse of Surplus Assets and Equipment. Membership Required

This presentation explores a UK case study where Universities are leading on the sharing of surplus assets and collaborating with other Universities, Municipal Councils, Hospitals, schools and not-for-profits. This is ...

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Using the Social Cost of Carbon as an Ingredient to Minimize Life Cycle Cost and Carbon Membership Required

Optimizing a campus's utility master plan to minimize its twenty-five year life cycle cost is one thing, but add the social cost of carbon to the mix and the ...

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Plastic-Free Campuses Membership Required

From bottles and bags to polypropylene microbeads, we discuss tangible alternatives to single-use disposable plastics on a college or university campus. We use campus-specific programs to highlight success stories of ...

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Transferrable Student-Led Procurement Research: Partnering with Office Depot to Create Change at Willamette University Membership Required

The presenters discuss a student-led research project at Willamette University, transferrable to other universities buying supplies from Office Depot or similarly large suppliers that likely provide comprehensive data on institutional ...

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The secret life of one 'ice cube' and it's wasteful journey to your cup at the ballgame Membership Required

Environmental efforts permeate every aspect of campus life. So it may surprise some to know that in one crucial area of vigorous waste efforts, a nasty little culprit has just ...

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Opening a Plant-forward, Farm-to-Fork cafe on the UC Berkeley campus Membership Required

Last semester, Cal Dining opened Brown's- a California Café on the UC Berkeley campus. Brown's opened with the goal of serving food that is delicious, nutrient- dense, and ...

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Sustainable Seafood Days: Working with Sea to Table to Grow Sustainable Seafood Purchasing at Appalachian State University Membership Required

Because Appalachian State University is a leader in sustainability, serving sustainable fish in our dining venues was something that Appalachian Food Services wanted to explore. We partnered with Sea to ...

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Campus Commitments to Local, Sustainable Food Procurement: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities in Georgia Membership Required

In recent years many colleges and universities have committed to increasing the proportion of locally sourced and sustainably produced food served on campus. My poster describes the results of an ...

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Greening the Supply and Purchasing Chain Membership Required

In today's world there are those who make claims about their sustainability based on an outdated data, inefficient process, or outright lies. Recently we all found out to what ...

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Engaging Partners in a Responsible Sourcing Strategy Membership Required

Learn about Aramark's approach to responsible sourcing including how we engage with our suppliers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), industry alliances, clients and customers to develop and implement practices that guide ...

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Unlikely Partnerships Drive on the Ground Change; An Example From the Forest Products Industry for Managing a Key Supply Chain Membership Required

Sustainable forestry has been prioritized in the Sustainable Development Goals as a critical component of climate change mitigation. Following COP21, it's clear that AASHE institutions and businesses have an ...

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Purchasing with a Purpose: Certified B Corporations and Higher Education Membership Required

B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental responsibility. Today, there are more than 1,600 Certified B Corps ...

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Student Affairs Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing and Event Coordination Webinar

This webinar features ideas and examples of how Student Affairs units have implemented green practices in purchasing and event coordination. It includes presentations from the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and ...

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Eco Move Out and Eco Move In Membership Required


Greenhealth Cost of Ownership (GCO) Calculator Membership Required

Total cost of ownership (TCO) is a way for purchasers to assess all the costs associated with a product over its lifetime - from initial purchase through its use, maintenance, and ...


Arizona State University's Help Center Membership Required

The ASU Help Center provides support to students, faculty and staff sustainably due to ASU’s Green Purchasing Policy. The Help Center uses personal computers that meet the IEEE 1680 ...

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EcoPaper Toolkit for Purchasers Membership Required

The EcoPaper Toolkit is a straightforward, comprehensive resource to make it easier to implement a cost-effective, responsible paper policy at any sized institution. It is based on consensus criteria of ...

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NC State Students Champion Solar Installation Membership Required

In 2016, the Park Scholarships program celebrates its 20th year. Each class of Park Scholars chooses a legacy gift to leave the university, and the Class of 2015 chose to ...

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Green Cleaning with Orbio Water Membership Required

University of Massachusetts Medical School has taken an innovative approach to sustainable cleaning. Rather than purchasing traditional cleaning chemicals to clean floors and surfaces, UMMS has invested in floor scrubbers ...

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Green cities and ivory towers: how do higher education sustainability initiatives shape millennials’ consumption practices? Membership Required

College-educated millennials, motivated by a preference for vibrant, walkable neighborhoods with access to good public transportation, are helping to drive an economic resurgence in many American cities. At the same ...

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Water bottle ban a success; bottled beverage sales have plummeted Membership Required

Sales of bottled beverages at Washington University in St. Louis have plummeted 39 percent since 2009, when the university became the first in the nation to ban the sale of ...

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The Power of Purchasing: Using University of Michigan Procurement to Promote Social Change Membership Required

The University of Michigan, as a public university, has an inherent responsibility to serve the interests of the community it represents. The institution purchases more than $1 billion of goods ...

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Rescued Food Feast Membership Required

The Rescued Food Feast was an event held at Arizona State University and was a collaboration between the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Aramark Higher Education, Sprouts Farmers ...

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UCLA is the Largest Public University in the U.S. to achieve Fair Trade Status Membership Required

University of California, Los Angeles, part of a national initiative by Fair Trade Campaigns to engage college/university students in issues of global poverty, officially received designation as a Fair ...

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Emory University's Pollinator Protection Program Membership Required

Concerned about the plight of bees and other pollinators, essential for two-thirds of the food crops we eat every day, Emory University developed a comprehensive Pollinator Protection Commitment, which includes ...

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Avoiding Chemical Flame Retardants on Campus Membership Required

Harvard University’s Sustainability Plan, created in partnership with faculty, students, and staff, is rooted in a sustainable development vision focused on enhancing community and individual well-being within and across ...

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It’s What’s for Dinner: Furman University’s Sustainable Dining Initiative Membership Required

The majority of the food in the United States is produced via an industrial food production and distribution system, which is inherently unsustainable due to its widespread environmental (e.g ...

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Simon Fraser University's Zero Waste Initiative Membership Required

In January 2014, SFU launched its Zero Waste Initiative, with the aim of diverting 70% of waste from landfill, while doubling the amount recycled or composted. This goal was adopted ...

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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.

Programs and Initiatives

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Scores

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Purchasing Partners

Kimberly-Clark Professional

Roswell, GA
Business Leader

Pharos Systems International

Rochester, NY
Business Leader
A certified B Corp, Pharos helps universities reveal wasteful habits and hidden costs making campus printing less expensive, more mindful, and more sustainable.

APC Filtration Inc.

Ancaster, ON
Business Affiliate

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.

First American Education Finance

Fairport, NY
Business Affiliate
First American Education Finance provides customized financing solutions to help schools solve their unique challenges - from complex projects such as energy-efficiency upgrades and campus improvements to equipment management.

Green Seal

Washington, DC

Jostens

Minneapolis, MN
Business Affiliate

Oak Hall Cap & Gown

Salem, VA
Business Affiliate

Sleep On Latex

Chicago, IL
Business Affiliate

Staples Advantage

Framingham, MA
Business Affiliate