Going Green: Purchasing Initiatives

Sustainability Record

Dining Services

Completed Initiatives:

  • Recycle Food Oil
  • Cardboard
  • A la cart pricing - food waste down
  • Purchasing locally through approved vendors when available
  • Fair trade and organic coffee options
  • Catering recycling done through custodial

Our Goals:

  • Reuse To Go Containers (plastic)
  • Styrofoam to compostable dinnerwar
  • Steel/Metal - Some recycling currently but need more
  • Wrap and/or clean stations for reusable containers

Document Center

Completed Initiatives:

  • Recycles all their toner
  • Centralized copiers positive

Goals:

  • Satellite copiers not as efficient
  • Desk Jets very inefficient
  • Paper loss - Library and computers
  • Work on toner for better system

Mason's

Completed Initiatives:

  • Blizzard Paper
  • Section of recycled products
  • Recycling of catalogs - will pick up
  • All receipts on 100% post with vegetable orders
  • Green link on website

Goals:

  • Investigate growth of recycled items usage
  • Toner Recycle
  • Green guard furniture
  • Internal efforts with lighting, trucks, and PC controls

Mail Services

Completed Initiatives:

  • Student sign up for junk mail

Goals:

  • Get off junk mail lists
  • Look closely with departments at mass mailings

Furniture

Completed Initiatives:

  • Reuse existing furniture
  • New England Woodcraft
  • Mason's modular
  • Recycling - give old furniture for reuse to My Brother's Keeper

Goals:

  • Reuse more existing furniture

Transportation

Completed Initiatives:

  • Shuttle - central transport, fewer cars
  • Low fuel vehicles

Goals:

  • Incentives in new contract to combine
  • Zip car

Bookstore

Completed Initiatives:

  • Push used book program
  • Work with Faculty
  • Recycle paper, books, and boxes

Goals:

  • Push used book program
  • Reusable bag

Laundry

Completed Initiatives:

  • High efficiency Machines
  • Advertising

Goals:

  • New contract
  • Higher efficiency machines from 14 gallon to 7, 6 hot to 1.6 warm
  • Warm water versus hot water
  • Carbon offset buybacks for dyers

Purchasing

Goals:

  • Pro-card
  • Reduce PO's
  • Get to paperless and online requisitions
  • Push online ordering with companies
  • Work with Responsible Purchasing Network

Personal

Completed Initiatives:

  • Replace regular bucket with recycled bucket
  • Put back-to-back as default printing

Goals:

  • Measure and reduce my carbon footprint