GREEN PURCHASING GUIDELINES
"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 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 www.energystar.gov for
ENERGY STAR products.
; Ensure that all wood and wood contained within products is from sustainably
managed sources. Refer to http://fscus.org/ for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
; 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
; 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
; 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.