Warehouse and Surplus Store receives NACAS innovation award

November 20, 2012  

The Purdue Warehouse and Surplus Store has won the 2012 NACAS Innovative Achievement in Auxiliary Services Award for its work in extending the useful life of University assets, diverting waste from landfills and returning funds to University departments. 

NACAS (National Association of College Auxiliary Services) is a nonprofit higher education association serving auxiliary services, student support services, and ancillary services professionals at four-year and two-year colleges and universities. NACAS provides opportunities for members to share ideas, develop business solutions, enhance programs and revenues and develop professional relationships.

The Innovative Achievement Award recognizes unique services, products or programs, resulting enhancements to customer service, increases in revenue and the initiative's adaptability and potential to be implemented by similar organizations.

At an awards ceremony this fall, Physical Facilities and the Office of University Sustainability recognized the Warehouse and Surplus Store staff for their hard work and dedication to providing innovative, quality services.

The NACAS Innovative Achievement Award is the third award the department has earned this year in recognition of its work on the Billboard and Recycling for the Future initiatives. Prior awards include the APPA Effective and Innovative Practices Award and a first-place finish in the inaugural electronics division of RecycleMania.

Designed to help reallocate items across all Purdue campuses, the Billboard program gives departments an avenue to acquire items no longer in use by other University departments or to transfer their own items to other areas. The Billboard has resulted in a reduction of University expenditures and is available to the Purdue community at https://www.purdue.edu/salvage/billboard/billboardoverview.aspx.

The Recycling for the Future program, by using data security practices and electronics recycling, offers a systematic, auditable, reliable and secure process for the disposal of electronic media. Once the electronic media reaches the University Warehouse and Surplus Store, it is dismantled into parts that can be recycled or resold. To ensure data security, items that once contained University data are shredded with an industrial shredder and the shredding byproducts are then disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

The Purdue University Warehouse and Surplus Store is committed to continuous improvement and sharing its innovative approach to environmental and fiscal responsibility with peer institutions. Representatives of the Warehouse and Surplus Store gave a presentation outlining the Billboard and Recycling for the Future programs at the national NACAS conference in October in Atlanta.

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