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Learn About Suppliers That Support Environmentally Friendly Products or Services

Listed below are only a handful of University suppliers that support sustainable purchasing related programs:

      • Office Supplies and Paper Products (excludes toner)
      • Toner - High yield and remanufactured Toner through Cannon IV
      • Departmental Copiers, Printers and MFD's
        • Hewlett Packard & Toshiba brands - Energy Star qualified products provided through Cannon IV
      • IT Products
      • Scientific Products
        • Fisher Scientific offers many environmentally friendly products on its website, www.fishersci.com, and designates those products with a green icon Green Icon.  These products are certified by Fisher Scientific or the product manufacturer as meeting Green guidelines established and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.  Those guidelines include products that are “free of” harmful elements, recyclable, biodegradable, compostable, made with recycled content, made with renewable materials or renewable energy, non-toxic or ozone friendly.

        • Sigma-Aldrich maintains the following simple and clear goals for their operations:
          • Meet and exceed where possible, applicable governmental environmental protection, health and safety requirements.
          • Design and operate facilities in a manner that reduces or eliminates risk to the environment, human health and safety.
          • Consistently evaluates the reduction, reuse, and recycling of materials across our business wherever possible.
          • Minimize the amount of spent material generated that is released to the air, water or land.
          • Support the underlying principles of the U.N. global compact for sustainability.
          • Offers a Styrofoam recycling program for items shipped on ice.  Styrofoam is inside a box and the Styrofoam boxes can be returned to Sigma and recycled and/or reused.  Sigma ships out a return label with every box with instructions on how to get the Styrofoam box returned. 
      • Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO)
      • Food Stores - Small Equipment for Department Use
        • Refrigerators, microwave ovens, ice machines used for human consumption and dishwashers may be furnished for areas that are designated employee or student lounges, or areas regularly used by employees during lunch periods for eating carry-in meals. Whenever it is possible an Energy Star rated unit should be purchased. If the department is wanting an ice maker and or water with the refrigerator, the preference is for the ice maker to be in the door. This will remove the chance for physical handling of the ice for sanitary reasons. If the refrigerator is ordered with an ice / water unit, the water line must be already in place or brought to the unit by Physical Facilities. The purchase should be made through Ariba and not purchased with a purchasing card, so the purchase can be properly routed including appropriate departmental approvers in addition to the fiscal routing. Food Stores-Procurement Services will determine equipment specifications, and will follow the standard bid process as projected costs warrant. The department will be responsible for maintaining the equipment in a safe and sanitary fashion and will be charged for any costs associated with installation, repair (after the warranty period) and replacement of equipment. Small appliances (toasters, can openers, etc.) and utensils cannot be purchased for these areas with University controlled funds.
        • Beesons
      • Cleaning Products and Janitorial Supplies

Definitions and logos to identify products or services*:

energyStar Energy Star is a government backed program that helps businesses and consumers protect the environment through energy efficiency.  Energy Star provides a trustworthy label on thousands of products that use less energy and save money.
greenSeal Green Seal is a non-profit organization that identifies and promotes products and services that cause less toxic pollution and waste, conserve resources and habitats, and minimizes global warming and ozone depletion.
recycledContent Recycled Content:  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), publishes the Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) to encourage the use of materials through recycling with the goal to reduce the amount of disposed waste.  Read more about CPG on EPA's website.
epeat EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) is a system to help purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes.  EPEAT also provides a clear and consistent set of performance criteria for the design of products, and provides an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products.
fsc The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization that brings people together to find solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world's forests. 

*Adapted material from NAEP, E&I and organizational web sites.

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