Purchasing

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EcoPaper Toolkit for Purchasers Membership Required

  • Environmental Paper Network (ID)

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

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

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 (MA)

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?

  • University of Michigan (MI)

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

  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

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 ...

  • Posted 1 year, 3 months ago
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The Power of Purchasing: Using University of Michigan Procurement to Promote Social Change Membership Required

  • University of Michigan (MI)

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

  • Arizona State University (AZ)
  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

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 (CA)
  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

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

  • Emory University (GA)

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 (MA)

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

  • Furman University (SC)

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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The Real Food Challenge at Lehigh University Membership Required

  • Lehigh University (PA)

The Real Food Challenge (RFC) is a national student run campaign to encourage campuses to increase the ratio of food purchased from “conventional” to “real food”. At Lehigh, the Office ...

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The Sustainable Bookstore: Giving New Life to Discarded University Library Books Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

When the Appalachian State University library culled its stacks, close to 80,000 books were slated to be recycled. Many of these books, some dating back to the late 1800s ...

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NC State University Students Leverage Partnerships To Eliminate Plastic Bags on Campus Membership Required

  • North Carolina State University (NC)

Over a three-year period, the NC State Stewards collaborated with the university’s Campus Enterprises division to move toward the elimination of single-use plastic bags in the most wasteful locations ...

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The Merits of Fair Trade - Fair Trade Colleges & Universities Membership Required

  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Fair Trade Colleges & Universities presents: The Merits of Fair Trade.

Fair Trade is a market-based approach to alleviating poverty in ways that improve lives, empower communities, and protect the ...

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College Students Starting To Demand 'Living Wage' Sportswear Membership Required

This article explores how students can impact campus purchasing decisions. It provides insight into the difference between “fair trade” and “living wage” companies, and what students can do to promote ...

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Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Membership Required

  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

The Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing Version is intended to help organizations improve the environmental, social, and economic performance within their supply chains—across the entirety of product and ...

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Challenge the Label Membership Required

  • ISEAL Alliance

Sustainability claims have become widespread in the modern marketplace, and with it greenwashing has expanded. The practice of making empty, unfounded or exaggerated sustainability claims risks alienating buyers committed to ...

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BuyingPoultry Membership Required

  • Farm Forward (OR)

BuyingPoultry is a free independent buying guide that cuts through labels and marketing claims and makes it easy to find the highest-welfare products near you.

  • Posted 1 year, 7 months ago
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Real Food Calculator

  • Real Food Challenge (MA)

The Real Food Calculator is a tool for tracking institutional purchasing over time. College and University students use the Real Food Calculator as a platform for discussion and action with ...

  • Posted 1 year, 8 months ago
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Michigan State University Sustainable Food Procurement Guide Membership Required

  • Michigan State University (MI)

This guide will clarify to existing and potential new supply chain partners what is important

to MSU as we strive to make increasingly responsible choices in food service sourcing, and ...

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Banning Bottled Water on Campus; Beyond Excuses Membership Required

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Over 100 colleges and universities across the US and Canada have enacted a policy of responsible water sales in their purchasing. Such a drastic change for an institution is made ...

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Smart Print: Using the Cloud to Identify Waste & Excess Energy Consumption Membership Required

  • University of Illinois at Chicago (IL)
  • Pharos Systems International (NY)

The University of Illinois at Chicago has deployed a new, cloud-based tool to deliver a campus-wide view of their printer fleet, their users who print and the documents they print ...

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Impact Advocacy - Fair Trade in Your Life and on Campus Membership Required

  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Fair Trade empowers farmers and workers and promotes economic development, social justice, and environmental stewardship. The world of Fair Trade includes a wide range of groups and interests; businesses, non-profits ...

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PHOENIX lifestyle: Consumerism with Conscience Membership Required

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

A student-led initiative at UMass Amherst that strives to bring awareness to the issue of consumerism in the apparel industry and give students, faculty, and others a unique opportunity to ...

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Sustainable and Ethical Purchasing: Fair Trade Procurement Policies and Practices Membership Required

  • Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (CA)

Over the last two years Fair Trade Colleges & Universities has developed and piloted policies to help institutions purchase sustainable and responsible goods. Leveraging the purchasing power of higher education ...

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Spearfish Local: Improving Community Health Through Collaboration Membership Required

  • Black Hills State University (SD)

Black Hills State University (BHSU) and community partners are seeking to create a culture that supports and values our local food economy and other aspects of healthy communities. Located in ...

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Do you want your receipt? How simple changes to bookstore operations reduce use of BPA and related chemicals. Membership Required

  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MN)

What if even the simplest transaction at your campus bookstore could be better for employees and our environment? If your campus uses thermal paper receipts in its bookstore, library or ...

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Incorporating Life Cycle Analysis into Campus Dining Membership Required

  • University of Missouri (MO)

The environmental impacts associated with food production have been well-documented through Life cycle analyses (LCA). LCA of food products have focused largely on individual food items. However, very little work ...

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Appalachian State University/Scale Free Systems Project Membership Required

  • Appalachian State University (NC)

Scale Free Systems is a chemical free solution to scaling as well as corrosion and bacterial control in heat transfer equipment. The Scale Free System has been proven to prevent ...

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Understanding Why Product Lifecycles are Critical to Supporting Campus Sustainability Initiatives Membership Required

  • University of Denver (CO)
  • Staples Advantage (MA)
  • Kimberly-Clark Professional (GA)

Sustainability is an integral part of a university's environmental commitment and recruiting efforts. Universities need to embrace sustainable practices and be transparent when communicating measures being adopted to satisfy ...

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Real Food, Real Communities: Mobilizing Students, Community Members and Staff to reform College Food Procurement Policies Membership Required

  • Carleton College (MN)
  • Bon Appétit Management Company

Where our food comes from and how it is produced is question that is becoming extremely important to students and administrators alike. Carleton College has demonstrated a commitment to answering ...

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Making Green Cleaning Stick: The Journey to Green Seal Standards Membership Required

  • Muskegon Community College (MI)
  • Western Michigan University (MI)

LEED V4 now recognizes custodial programs certified under one of the following: Green Seal's Environmental Standard for Commercial Cleaning Services (GS-42); or International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA) Cleaning Industry ...

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Cooperative Education: Promoting Sustainability in Procurement & Education Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)

This presentation will share highlights from projects which seek to support instructors in the development and implementation of sustainability curriculum thereby increasing student engagement and improving their knowledge, skills and ...

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Local Purchasing 101: we'll debunk the price myth, talk through other obstacles to local purchasing and how to overcome them Membership Required

  • Denison University (OH)

With every college trying to buy more and more local food these days, many are struggling with how to do this but still meet their budget. I'll explain how ...

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PROCUREMENT GONE GREEN! Membership Required

  • National Joint Powers Alliance

The ability to procure the specific Green products you desire, to meet your agencies unique Green initiatives, and without wasting time, money or unnecessary effort is at the core of ...

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More Than Fair: Developing Ethical & Sustainable Guidelines for Purchasing Membership Required

  • Oregon State University (OR)

Over the past two years, multiple organizations within Oregon State University have collaborated to develop a set of priorities and guidelines aimed at increasing ethical purchasing practices on campus. This ...

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98% of the Clothes We Buy Are Made Overseas Membership Required

  • TS Designs (NC)

Eric Henry will discuss the impact that fashion moving overseas has had not only on the finished product we wear but also on the world. Eric breaks down why a ...

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UC Berkeley Plastic Disclosure Project Membership Required

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) at UC Berkeley discloses the campus' plastic footprint, making it the first University to publicly reveal this information. The objectives of PDP is to measure ...

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Beyond Excuses: Banning Bottled Water on Your Campus (2014) Membership Required

  • Pacific Lutheran University (WA)

Over 90 universities across the US and Canada have enacted a policy of responsible water sales in their purchasing. They have each banned the sale of bottled water at their ...

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Teach by Example with Environmentally Preferable Electronics Membership Required

  • American University (DC)
  • EPEAT/Green Electronics Council (OR)

Electronic products are everywhere on university campuses – from computers and monitors in labs and libraries, to copiers and printers in every academic office, to TVs in student dorms. IT equipment ...

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Integrating FSC into Your University: A Case Study of Berea College Membership Required

  • Berea College (KY)
  • Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects (MO)
  • Forest Stewardship Council (MN)

How we source and use forest products like wood and paper can have a significant impact on the environment. At academic institutions, where people use such significant quantities of wood ...

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Green Cleaning in the Real World: What Works and How Much Does it Cost? Membership Required

  • Lane Community College (OR)

Somewhere between cleaning products and equipment that simply don’t work and the greenwashed products that merely re-label toxic options lies the real world of green cleaning undertaken by a ...

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Buy Less, Buy Better: Defining Success in Green Purchasing Membership Required

  • University of Arizona (AZ)
  • Office Depot, Inc. (TX)

In 2012, the University of Arizona enacted a Green Purchasing Policy directing that equal consideration be given to environmental and social factors as is given to typical purchasing considerations such ...

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Make a difference with a commitment to certified sustainable seafood Membership Required

  • Marine Stewardship Council (WA)

Higher Education is playing an increasingly important role in fostering sustainable practices, including food service and seafood. With increasing pressure on global fisheries to feed a growing population, the need ...

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Is Your Institution Ready for the Future of Sustainable Procurement? Membership Required

  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

Leading organizations in government, industry, academia and the non-profit sector came together in 2013 to launch the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) in an effort to solve the biggest obstacle ...

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Steps to Sustainable Procurement: Reducing Our Supply Chain Footprint Membership Required

  • Portland Community College (OR)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

As a leader in higher education sustainability, Portland Community College (PCC) completes an extensive greenhouse gas inventory annually, which includes calculating Scope III supply chain emissions from all purchases district-wide ...

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Changing how Macalester writes: implementing reusable dry erase Membership Required

  • Macalester College (MN)

Traditional dry erase markers contradict numerous of the Macalester College’s sustainability goals, including zero waste by 2020. Disposable markers are designed to be single-use and, consequently, wasteful. In 2013 ...

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Collaboration & Compromise: Alternatives to a Bottled Water Ban Membership Required

  • Portland State University (OR)

The call to ban bottled water sales on college and university campuses is growing stronger across the country, with 24 institutions listed by AASHE as having a ban in place ...

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Sponsored Theater Presentation: Elkay Membership Required

  • ELKAY (IL)

Elkay, a name known for pioneering the most innovative clean water delivery methods, will showcase its latest technology in Water Bottle Filling Stations. Looking to offer a more sustainable solution ...

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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.

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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.

Brantford, 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.

EPEAT/Green Electronics Council

Portland, OR
Business Affiliate

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
Business Affiliate

Jostens

Minneapolis, MN
Business Affiliate

Oak Hall Cap & Gown

Salem, VA
Business Affiliate

Rivanna Natural Designs

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

Sleep On Latex

Chicago, IL
Business Affiliate

Staples Advantage

Framingham, MA
Business Affiliate

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

TreeZero Paper

Atlanta, GA
Business Affiliate