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Sustainable Purchasing

Procurement Services' Sustainability Goals

  • Develop mechanisms for increasing awareness and utilization of sustainable products by asking vendors to make green alternatives easily identifiable and accessible.
  • Market products or programs offered by preferred suppliers that support sustainable goals.
  • Partner with vendors with refurbishing solutions to repurpose existing furniture, fixtures and equipment in storage across all campuses.

What is Green/Sustainable Purchasing?

  • Typically the purchase of products and services that:
    • Use renewable energy sources and recycled materials
    • Use non-toxic materials
    • Protect and restore the earth's natural resources
    • Are efficient and equitable
  • Encourages evaluation of multiple environmental impacts of every product throughout its life cycle:
    • Raw materials acquisition
    • Production and manufacturing
    • Packaging and distribution
    • Use and operation
    • Maintenance
    • Disposal (recycling and remanufacturing)
  • Recycled content products
  • Environmentally preferable products
  • Bio-based products
  • Energy and water-efficient products
  • Alternative-fuel vehicles and alternative fuels
  • Non-ozone depleting substances
  • Products whose use in a system affords a specific performance requirement
  • Operational and maintenance practices

For more information about Drexel University's commitment to environmental sustainability, please visit the Drexel Green website.