University of Louisville, KY Green Purchasing Policy

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University of Louisville, KY, US

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Type: Policy

Status: In Effect

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UofL Green Purchasing Policy
The University of Louisville is committed to the stewardship of the environment and to reducing the University’s dependence on non-renewable energy. These Green Purchasing Policies and Procedures support the University’s commitment to sustainability.

The goal of this policy is to reduce the adverse environmental impact of our purchasing decisions by buying goods and services from manufacturers and vendors who share our commitment to the environment. Green purchasing is the method wherein environmental and social considerations are taken with equal weight to the price, availability and performance criteria that colleges and universities use to make purchasing decisions.

Green Purchasing is also know as “environmentally preferred purchasing (EPP), green procurement, affirmative procurement, eco-procurement, and environmentally responsible purchasing,” particularly within the U.S. Federal government agencies. Green Purchasing minimizes negative environmental and social effects through the use of environmentally friendly products.

Green Purchasing attempts to identify and reduce environmental impact and to maximize resource efficiency.

The principal aims of an environmental purchasing strategy are:

  • Minimize the consumption of non-replaceable natural resources by reviewing current and proposed future usage and evaluating the pros and cons of alternatives.
  • To seek alternatives to products and processes which are detrimental to the environment by using more “environmentally friendly” products and processes.
  • To minimize waste, including: any packaging, waste produced by the product (or service) in question, and waste generated by the eventual disposal of the product.
  • To maximize the reuse and recycling of materials.
  • To stimulate demand for “environmentally friendly” products by letting manufacturers and suppliers know the environmental performance we expect in products.