NYU Purchasing seeks to increasingly adopt the principles of environmentally preferable purchasing, which is the practice of buying products with minimal associated environmental impacts. Features of products that are considered environmentally preferable purchasing include minimal packaging, product reusability, energy efficiency, recycled content, rebuilt or remanufactured products, and local sourcing. NYU Purchasing believes procurement decisions should be based on an evaluation of environmental criteria in addition to product performance, price, and availability.


  • NYU Departments can request Tree Zero paper from Staples
  • NYU Operations use only no or low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints for campus projects
  • NYU Landscaping uses organic fertilizers to maintain sustainable grounds
  • Half of all NYU office furniture is from Steelcase, noted for environmental efficiency and for its “Cradle to Cradle” certified products
  • Dining Services buys Fair Trade coffee, recycled napkins and plates, and Aramark now offers a sustainable catering option to departments
  • FAS is piloting a Grounds to Grow On program to recycle leftover K-Cups and compost leftover grounds