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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Transitioning CSU San Bernardino to a Sustainable Vision: A Benefits-Cost Analysis Framework for Project Assessment and Social Benefit Valuation

  • Marylhurst University (OR)

Transitioning to sustainable business practices is a goal which many organizations have undertaken, but with mixed results and a myriad of tools. The transition can be complicated by not having ...

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Making Sense of the Label: A Collaboration Between Chemistry Graduate Students and University Facilities to Rank and Compare Green Cleaning Products

  • University of Oregon (OR)

Green cleaning products are traditionally considered based on vendor recommendations and third-party certifications as well as cleaning efficacy. A desire to satisfy the green cleaning standards for LEED certification raises ...

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Changing Your Paradigm - Choose With Purpose and Create Inclusive, Sustainable Environments

  • Portland State University (OR)
  • Washington State University, Pullman (WA)

As one of the largest classrooms on campus, recreation centers have an impact on our environmental and social sustainability. By using three real-world case studies of significant purchasing choices, this ...

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Developing Food Purchasing Guidelines

  • Luther College (IA)

This poster will outline the process and outcome of developing food purchasing guidelines for Luther's goal to source more food from sustainable sources. In 2008 Luther College made the ...

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Bridging the Digital Divide Through E-Waste Diversion And Electronic Resources Management

  • Temple University (PA)

This session will provide a case study of how a university can implement a life-cycle management approach to electronic waste that is financially sustainable and that works to bridge the ...

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A Business Case for Sustainable Procurement of Office Supply Commodities at West Virginia University

  • West Virginia University (WV)

Today, sustainability in higher education is permeating beyond conventional green practices into purchasing, spending, and investment decisions. It is seen as an opportunity to minimize costs, reduce negative impacts, and ...

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Paper Steps on Campus - 9 Steps to Protecting the Climate and Reducing Waste through Campus Paper Policies

  • Environmental Paper Network (ID)

Paper is changing the climate. Paper's impact is one of our planet's most significant environmental challenges. The industry uses vast amounts of fossil fuels and chemicals, prevents forests ...

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The Cost of Printing vs. iPads: A Paperless Student Union at University of British Columbia

  • University of British Columbia (BC)

As touchscreen technologies continue to advance in functionality and decrease in cost, more organizations will need to carefully examine their ability to replace paper use with such devices. A group ...

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The Values-Based Revolution

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

The Values-Based Revolution

This presentation could have been titled From Green to Gold to Platinum, as the 2008 book written by David C. Etsy and Andrew S. Winston titled Green ...

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The Campus Re-use store: What's Old is New Again!

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The campus re-use store opened in spring, 2011 to huge popular acclaim and participation by the student body. Conceived, organized and implemented by students with the support, guidance and advice ...

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Leading by Example: Advancing Sustainability at the Institutional Level Through Performance Contracting

  • Siemens Industry, Inc. (IL)

This school has embarked on a campus-wide, state-wide, 5-phase holistic energy project over 8 years that is estimated at a staggering $60 million in energy efficiency retrofits. A project of ...

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Organizing Campuses to Think Outside the Bottle

  • American University (DC)
  • Edison Energy (CA)

At a time when the global water crisis is looming large, leaving over a billion people without access to enough safe drinking water to meet their basic needs, students are ...

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Certified Paper: An Integral Part of Sustainable Practices on Campus

  • University of San Diego (CA)
  • Domtar Corporation (SC)

Forest certification was launched over a decade ago to help protect forests from destructive logging practices and demonstrate to consumers that a wood or paper product comes from forests managed ...

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Developing a Large-Scale Solar Project on Campus

  • AMSOLAR International (CA)

A large private university entered into a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement in 2010 with a solar development company focused on the education sector. The project was completed in fall 2010 ...

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When did Cleaning get so Colorful? Green and Blue Cleaning

  • Aramark Higher Education (PA)

Ever heard of blue cleaning? Technological advances in improving indoor environmental quality are rapidly changing the approach to cleaning in our colleges and universities. First came green cleaning - now comes ...

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Greening Your Cleaning - Adopting sustainable cleaning practices that focus on the Triple Bottom Line

  • Ithaca College (NY)

This presentation gives the learner a solid understanding of how green cleaning programs can help reduce environmental and economic foot print, reduce labor and bring social and environmental responsibility into ...

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Beyond Local: Food Purchasing Criteria, Student Farm Audits and the Veg Yourself Pledge

  • Luther College (IA)

Food purchasers have ever more considerations to keep in mind when making buying decisions. Which criteria are the most important? At some point it becomes important to define our goals ...

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Saving Paper with LEAF: Creating and Implementing a Green Education Program

  • Southern Methodist University (TX)

What do a cardstock placard, a one-hour discussion, and a "green certification" all have in common? They are all simple ways to transform your campus into a sustainable community. An ...

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Driving Down Energy Use While Your IT Load Increases

  • Stanford University (CA)

In January 2009 Stanford University undertook the challenge of reducing electricity and chilled water usage in the main 20,000 square foot datacenter.

A year later, IT Load is up ...

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Protecting the Climate and Reducing Waste through Campus Paper Policies

  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

The RePaper Project, a project of the Environmental Paper Network, recently

released a new resource that complements the theme of conference. "Paper

Steps on Campus: Nine Steps to Protecting the ...

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Office Supply Tote Program

  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

The University of Notre Dame has partnered with Office Depot to launch the first reusable Tote Program in the Midwest and only the second in the nation. The majority of ...

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Sustainability Commitments, Actions & Economics: Managed Print Services

  • Cleveland State University (OH)
  • FirstMetrix Corporation (OH)
  • Xerox Corporation (MN)

Cleveland State University committed to a goal of developing, designing and implementing an enterprise wide document output strategy that is consistent with the Unviersity's mission and commitment to environmental ...

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Frugality: The Missing Link in the Discussion about Sustainability

  • Pepperdine University (CA)

Following a particular interpretation of the Brundtland Report, many politicians, economists, environmentalists and others have opted for a specific type of sustainable development that argues implicitly as well as explicitly ...

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Migrating Paper Processes into SharePoint

  • Johnson County Community College (KS)

Our college uses SharePoint as a web platform for migrating manual paper-heavy planning processes online. Two primary examples of processes we have moved online in this way are Grant Applications ...

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Purchasing The Sustainable Way

  • University of North Texas (TX)

Tackling the task of sustainable procurement in higher education requires a concentrated employee training program, collaboration amongst departments and a guiding team approachable for knowledge and resources. Universities can transform ...

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Leading the University and Print Vendor Community toward Sustainable Practices

  • Grand Valley State University (MI)

Applying sustainability principles to the design of printed material needed by universities must take into consideration a life cycle from raw materials through the manufacturing of paper to design and ...

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Clean & Green - Green Cleaning Custodial Program

  • Delta College (MI)

Early in 2007, Delta College Facilities Management embraced the transition toward greater environmental awareness by launching EverGreen. The goal of the program is to systematically incorporate sustainable practices and decision ...

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Identifying Barriers to Reaching Sustainability Goals: a Case Study of "Green" Paper Purchasing and Commercial Printing

  • University of Alberta (AB)

Combing conservation with the use of 'green' products reduces the environmental impact of any institutional administrative unit or department more than one or the other. To prevent greenwashing, thus providing ...

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Creating a Green Purchasing Policy Roadmap

  • National Association of Educational Procurement (TX)

The National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) fashioned a process to harvest the knowledge and expertise of its members to create a green purchasing policy roadmap. The process has concluded ...

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Sustainable Facilities Management - GS-42

  • PortionPac Chemical Corporation (IL)
  • Green Seal (DC)

This presentation is designed to introduce you to the background, development and requirements of Green Seal's GS 42 standard, it's implementation on the Cornell University Campus, and to ...

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Greening the Supply and Purchasing Chain

  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
  • Chlorine Free Products Association (IL)

This presentation will address the need for third party accountability in the process of greening the supply chain. It will describe reliable information sources that are used in setting standards ...

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Life Cycle Assessment of a Banana Split

  • Central Piedmont Community College (NC)

It seems everyone is talking about sustainability. We are bombarded with news, businesses, governments, parents, and academia about products ranging from cars to household cleaning agents. However, when one asks ...

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Green Power: An Environmental Choice for Leading Colleges & Universities

  • ERG Consulting Firm (MA)

This presentation will provide an overview of the green power market, the benefits of a green power purchase, and three case studies of specific green power initiatives. The presentation will ...

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Looking Past Single-impact Certifications: What Promises do they Really Make?

  • Forbo Flooring Systems (PA)

Third-party certification verifies that a product meets specific standards or claims made by the manufacturer. A major benefit of certification is that it can greatly reduce the time and expense ...

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New Developments in Green Facilities Management

  • Green Seal (DC)

Presenters will discuss several new and important elements of green facilities management including two new Green Seal pilot programs: the Green Facilities Partnership and the Green Purchasing Partnership. These programs ...

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The Power of Purchasing

  • Responsible Purchasing Network

The Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) has produced a series of Guides on institutional procurement of socially and environmentally preferable products ranging from cleaning products to vehicles to computers. This presentation ...

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Applying Environmentally Preferable Purchasing to a Community Library System

  • University of Illinois, Springfield (IL)

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) came about in the 1990's to improve the purchasing habits of the federal government. Since that time, requirements for incorporating EPP at the federal level ...

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Reaching Sustainable Research Goals through Co-curricular Learning: An Example in Starch-based Plastics

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Conventional plastics, derived from petroleum, contribute to the depletion of non-renewable resources and landfill space when recycling or reuse is not viable. Starch, a renewable and abundant polymer, offers an ...

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The Power of Partnership: Redefining Closed-Loop Recycling

  • Green Mountain College (VT)

Green Mountain College reaffirmed its commitment to being a leader in sustainability by joining Casella Waste Systems Power of Three™ closed loop recycling initiative. The Power of Three is Casella ...

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Sustainability = Survival

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus (NJ)
  • Chlorine Free Products Association (IL)
  • Cascades Tissue Group (NY)

We are all working to do our best to move toward sustainable practices that are supported via our purchasing. So we will have a panel made up of managers of ...

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Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing (VCSCM)

  • Monash University (VIC)

The VCSCM was designed to foster closer ties between manufacturers and researchers through access to practical scientific outcomes and innovative solutions to key issues faced by the industries, hands-on outreach ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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The Benefits of Sustainable Purchasing

  • Green Seal (DC)

The credits in the AASHE Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) program can serve as a road-map to more sustainable purchasing policies. Green purchasing can benefit higher education campuses ...

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The Power of Sustainable Purchasing

  • Green Seal (DC)

Summer marks the beginning of the new fiscal year on many campuses - this is a good time to do some housecleaning and review your purchasing policies. Green purchasing is an ...

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Sustainable Procurement Toolkit

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Ray C Anderson Foundation (GA)

With support from the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, AASHE is pleased to provide this sustainable purchasing toolkit which includes resources that support sustainable procurement at higher education institutions. Included in ...

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AASHE Interview Series: Sam Hummel, Director of Outreach, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (DC)

Last fall, AASHE partnered with the Green Products Roundtable (GPR) on a pilot project that examined the impacts associated with an average higher education institution's spending. One of the ...

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Can Higher Ed Lead Institutional Green Procurement into a New Era?

  • AASHE (PA)

Sustainable procurement work has never been more exciting. New data, science and processes are coming together with years of on-the-ground experience to create a new paradigm. A higher education pilot ...

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Converting university spending to greenhouse gas emissions: A supply chain carbon footprint analysis of UC Berkeley

  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

This senior thesis study calculates a supply chain carbon footprint for UC Berkeley based on procurement expenses in fiscal year (FY) 2009. The study presents recommendations to reduce supply chain ...

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Should We Do It? An Economic Analysis of the Costs and Benefits of a Local and Sustainable Food System at Davidson College

  • Davidson College (NC)

Globalization created the conventional food system and its numerous negative effects such as environmental degradation, the loss of food cultures, antibiotic resistance, unsustainable energy use, increased food insecurity, unfair exploitation ...

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A Guide to Developing a Sustainable Food Purchasing Policy

  • AASHE (PA)
  • Food Alliance (OR)
  • Health Care Without Harm (VA)
  • Institute for Agricultural Trade and Policy (DC)
  • Portland State University (OR)

This guide is intended to help universities, colleges, hospitals, and other institutions - as well as those advocating for food system change - create, promote and implement practical sustainable food purchasing policies ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Innovations in Sustainability Curriculum: Teaching Full Cost Analysis through Student-Produced Documentaries

  • Furman University (SC)

The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University sought to increase teaching of full cost analysis as a suite of tools that can be used as a framework ...

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

The following links connect to specific Content Displays on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

Scores

The following link connects to the Score Display on the STARS website (AASHE membership and log-in required).

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

Rochester Midland Corporation

Rochester, NY
Business Affiliate

Sleep On Latex

Chicago, IL
Business Affiliate

Staples Business Advantage

Framingham, MA
Business Affiliate

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

Washington, DC
Business Affiliate

TreeZero Paper

Atlanta, GA
Business Affiliate