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.