Green Purchasing Policy

By Rick Rice,2014-01-09 10:24
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Green Purchasing Policy



    "As in all areas of university life, our goal in sustainability is ambitious. Furman wants to be the national leader among liberal arts colleges committed to sustainability, both educationally and operationally."

    David Shi, President

    Furman University

    Furman University endorses “Green Purchasing” and is committed to the use and purchase of environmentally and socially responsible products and services. Departments are expected to support this initiative in accordance with the following guidelines.


    ; Recognize Furman’s role as a leader in the community with regard to environmental


    ; Demonstrate Furman’s commitment to environmental stewardship.

    ; Provide the University community with information and education which will assist

    in the purchase of socially and environmentally responsible products and services. ; Through our green purchasing efforts, encourage the manufacturing and service

    sectors to be more environmentally and socially responsible.


    According to the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE), Green Purchasing includes the acquisition of recycled content products, environmentally preferable products and services, bio-based products, energy- and water-efficient products, alternative fuel vehicles, products using renewable energy, and alternatives to hazardous or toxic chemicals.


    With every purchase, large or small, ask critical questions about the environmental sensitivities of the product before buying.

; Include in all RFP/bidding specifications: “Furman University is committed to

    buying products with recycled content or environmentally sustainable alternatives.

    Please offer any alternatives that you feel are available for this product/project and

    supply all relevant specific information about the product.”

    ; Make suppliers aware of Furman’s Green Purchasing Guidelines. Send a clear

    message that Furman will favor those suppliers whose products and services meet the

    environmental objectives of Furman.

    ; Integrate Green Purchasing concepts and products into architectural designs, final

    construction documents and the final construction of all new buildings and


    ; Give preference to environmentally superior products, where quality, function and

    cost are equal or superior. Choose products based on efficient use of energy, natural

    resources, and potential for safe, non-hazardous disposal.

    ; Purchase durable, as opposed to single use or disposable items.

    ; Encourage suppliers to review the manner in which their goods are packaged, and

    work with them in the areas of reduction and reuse of packaging materials. ; Ensure that energy efficiency is a prerequisite when purchasing all appliances and

    fixtures including light bulbs and street light bulbs. Refer to for

    ENERGY STAR products.

    ; Ensure that all wood and wood contained within products is from sustainably

    managed sources. Refer to for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

    certified manufacturers.

    ; Utilize environmentally responsible biodegradable solvents and cleaners. ; Purchase equipment and vehicles which utilize alternative fuel and/or alternative

    environmentally responsible energy methods.

    ; Ensure that all photocopiers and printers purchased or leased are capable of double

    sided copying/printing.

    ; Procure post-consumer recycled-content paper and office supplies.

    ; Procure environmentally responsible and ergonomically designed furniture and

    furnishings including floor coverings and window treatments.

    ; Consider product and equipment life cycles when evaluating alternatives along with

    price, quality, etc. in the purchasing decision matrix.

    ; Give preference to locally or regionally manufactured products in the purchasing

    decision matrix.

    ; Avoid the purchase and use of all potentially hazardous chemicals including

    pesticides and wood preservatives for which safety evaluations to current standards

    have not been carried out and which are known to be persistent in the environment. If

    no suitable alternative exists, such substances should be used under strictly controlled

    conditions and subject to a full environmental, health and safety assessment. ; Promote all Green Purchasing initiatives to the University and wider community.

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