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Sustainable Purchasing

Guidelines for environmentally responsible purchasing


What is Sustainable Purchasing?

Sustainable Purchasing includes the acquisition of recycled content products, environmentally preferable products and services, bio-based products, energy- and water-efficient products, alternate fuel vehicles, products using renewable energy, and alternatives to hazardous or toxic chemicals.

Source: Office of Federal Sustainability (Formerly OFEE)

New Campus Standard for Copy Paper

UC Irvine is raising our commitment to support UCOP's practice of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing. To strengthen UC Irvine's responsibility toward preserving the environment and contributing to a greener campus, the decision was made, with the support of the Chancellor, to utilize 100% post-consumer waste (PCW) as our standard copy paper. 100% recycled paper with UC/UCI contracted pricing is available through UCIBuy.

Use Less Paper

Try to use less paper by minimizing what you print or by printing double-sided.

When ordering paper products such as copier and custodial paper use Green Seal Certified Products. Look for paper that:

Choose ENERGY STAR Products

A government-backed program, ENERGY STAR helps businesses and individuals select products that protect the environment through superior energy efficiency and practices.

UCI has established a campus-based policy to require that when an "Energy Star" choice exists the required purchase will be the Energy Star product. This includes:

These products use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment.

UC Policy

"The university will use its purchasing power to promote the availability of products that are resource-efficient, energy-efficient, water-efficient, and of recycled and rapidly renewable content for building materials, subsystems, components, equipment, and supplies." (see UC Green Policy Guidelines)

In addition, the UC policy on Green Building Design and Clean Energy Standards, and Sustainable Transportation Practices addresses how UC buildings will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for sustainability.

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