Thinking Green

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The University of Mary Washington’s Procurement Services Department’s role in the University’s sustainability initiative is to provide educational awareness in the context of procurement planning.  It is important to consider the multiple environmental impacts of each purchase. When the need for a good or service is presented, there are considerations such as contracts and SWaM, eVA or Banner, FOAPAL and cost. There is also another aspect of procurement that can and should be considered; and that is sustainability.
To that end, the Procurement Services Department would like to offer a few ideas in the interest of assisting participation in the University’s Green Initiative; and to comply with the Governor’s challenge to state employees in the ‘greening of state government’ (E.O. 82).

Thinking Green – Best Practices

  • Check University Surplus for available items before purchasing new ones.
  • Use stocked items from the Central Storeroom to avoid additional transportation costs which include environmental effects as well as monetary.
  • Purchase Energy Star rated appliances.
  • Request drinking water in Dining Services’ cambro units for meetings and events instead of individual serving water bottles if feasible.
  • Purchase certified cleaning products such as EcoLogo or Green Seal certified.
  • Don’t print emails and documents unless necessary.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with CFLS/LEDs.
  • All University copiers are default set to double-sided printing and all Copy Center jobs default to double-sided printing unless specifically requested otherwise.
  • Printer Cartridge Recycling Program
    • In UMW’s continuing process of thinking green, we have established a campus-wide recycling program for used printer cartridges.  Printer cartridges can be sent to the Central Storeroom via inter-campus mail, or deposited one of the collection box located in the: Bookstore, Post Office, and Copy Center.  This program is for all UMW faculty, staff, and students.  Even printer cartridges you use at home for personal use can be recycled through this program.