Sustainable procurement measures align with NYU’s ongoing sustainability efforts and President Hamilton's commitment to making the University one of the nation’s greenest campuses.
Sustainable procurement takes into consideration environmental factors alongside financial factors when making procurement decisions.
NYU Procurement’s Sustainable Mission, Vision and Goals
Procurement’s mission is to increase the NYU Community’s awareness of sustainable products and services and to make the purchase of those products and services as easy and cost-effective as possible. Procurement promotes the use of environmentally preferable products while also adhering to the principals of price, performance, service and availability.
Green Purchasing is the procurement of products and services that cause minimal adverse environmental impacts while maintaining high quality performance. It incorporates human health and environmental concerns into the search for products and services at competitive prices. Green Purchasing takes into consideration a product’s life cycle and environmentally safe disposal.
Green Purchasing Programs and Tips
K-Cup Recycling Program
Coffee Sustainability Program – Keurig Grounds to Grow On
If your department uses a Keurig coffee machine then you are encouraged to sign up for the K-cup recycling program, Grounds to Grow On.
Information is available online on the Keurig website.
Interested departments can reach out to the NYU Keurig representative Brian DePaul, Brian.DePaul@gmcr.com.
Mug and Water Bottle Program
University departments can order an NYU branded mug and reusable water bottle as a set.
Using reusable beverage containers reduces the amount of waste that paper/Styrofoam cups and plastic water bottles can cause. Estimates show that 15, 134 plastic bottles and jugs are trashed every day by New Yorkers.
A switch to reusable mugs and bottles is an easy way to make a beneficial environmental impact.
TreeZero is a premium quality copy paper that is 100% carbon neutral made from recycled sugarcane waste fiber. TreeZero paper is available on i-Buy NYU from Staples (Staples Item # 697216). For a free sample ream please contact Wayne Cook, email@example.com.
Facilities & Operations
Procurement’s Facilities & Operations unit has incorporated sustainability efforts within the following commodities:
- Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) supplies – our MRO suppliers, Fastenal and Grainger, offer a range of green, environmentally friendly products. Both suppliers offer a “green” searching feature on their Punchout. You can access our preferred MRO suppliers through i-Buy NYU’s Punchout.
On the Grainger i-Buy NYU site, look for the symbol for Green Products.
- Shredding – we currently have two (2) preferred shredding suppliers with negotiated rates, Shred It and USA Shred. Both work towards providing environmentally friendly services and recycle shredded material. Please contact Stacey Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org for these preferred suppliers rates and contact information.
- Furniture – our current furniture supplier, Steelcase, takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability by considering their environmental impact through every process of furniture development such as the design, manufacturing, delivery and product lifecycle processes. Please contact Stacey Davis, email@example.com for further assistance
- Appliances – when purchasing appliances, we seek out energy star and energy efficient products. Please contact Stacey Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org for preferred suppliers.
Dell on i-Buy NYU. The majority of NYU’s standard configurations purchased through Dell are ENERGY STAR certified. Dell’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan goals include:
- Source 50% of total electricity from renewables
- Reduce global absolute GHG emission by 40% from a FY11 baseline
- Ensure 100% of product packaging is sourced from sustainable materials and is recyclable or compostable
- Reduce the energy intensity of product portfolio by 80%
- Recover 2 billion pounds of used electronics
Office Supplies and Coffee
Staples on i-Buy NYU
- Looking for eco-friendly office supplies? Staples on i-Buy NYU offers a searchable Eco & Diversity Products category.
- Purchase Green Products, which meet third-party environmental standards or certifications, Staples criteria for environmental responsibility, are produced with renewable energy, and made with recycled materials
- Purchase from The Staples Sustainable Earth line, which has items made with renewable resources, recycled materials, and/or third-party certified green
- Participate in the Eco-ID program (coming soon)
- Purchase Energy Star-compliant equipment and participate in the free toner cartridge collection and recycling program
- Choose high quality environmentally-friendly recycled papers at no additional cost
Inkwell and Staples Promotional Products on i-Buy NYU
- Purchase reusable products that can replace disposable alternatives, many of which are featured under their Eco-Friendly listing.
- Choose items made with organic fabrics and recycled materials.
- Consider a sustainable give-away item for your next event.
VWR on i-Buy NYU
- Choose items with the ACT label, which emphasizes accountability, consistency, and transparency around manufacturing, energy and water use, packaging, and end-of-life
- Choose items with the Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP) green leaf designation, which is given to suppliers that meet at least one of these environmental attributes:
- Products that are energy and/or water efficient
- Products and/or packaging that are recyclable or reduce waste
- Products and/or packaging that contain recycled/renewable content
- Products that are manufactured with low CO2 impact
- Products and/or packaging that are safer to human and environmental health
- Choose “green” products indicated with a Green Grass icon.
Quench and Nestle. For assistance or more information please contact Wayne Cook at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Download printable infographic from NYU Office of Sustainability website.
- Lease an in-line filter-cooler machine if tap water is not available for drinking.