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Green Purchasing

The Green Purchasing Guidelines inform and guide green purchasing at Lehigh University. They are the result of a collaboration of several departments – Dining Services, Transportation & Parking Services, Printing & Mailing Services, LTS, Facilities Services, and Purchasing Services. They were created in support of the University’s overall sustainability efforts and is forward thinking in several aspects:

  •  Lists current practices and long term opportunities for the University and individual departments

  •  Sets expectations for departments and the University to follow

  •  Requires updates as new practices and goals are implemented

  •  Stresses that items not directly related to purchasing should be addressed in broader University-wide initiatives

Incorporated into the policy are guidelines on paper, course paper and cleaning supplies, biodiesel, dining, Energy Star appliances, IT products, and other environmentally-preferable products (EPP) and services.  The Green Purchasing Guidelines serve as a one-stop shop for information on University green purchasing practices for staff, faculty, and students. They provide a model for the future and other departments to adopt long range environmental strategies.