As the largest private university in the United States, our sizable procurement of goods and services is impactful on markets and the environment.
Environmentally Friendly Purchasing refers to the practice of buying products with minimal associated environmental impacts. These products feature minimal packaging, reusability, energy efficiency, recycled content, rebuilt or remanufactured products, and local sourcing. Purchasing decisions should be based on an evaluation of environmental criteria in addition to product performance, price and availability.
NYU central administration developed its Environmental Purchasing Policy in 2008. This policy outlines standards for the procurement of goods and services in 13 categories, including the purchase of Energy Star-labeled electronics, appliances, and office equipment. The policy emphasizes life-cycle analysis and minimal ecological impact.
NYU's Office of Sustainability has developed the Green Purchasing Guide to help the NYU community purchase environmentally friendly products.
Before replacing any piece of furniture, equipment, or electronic appliance, please contact NYU Asset Management at email@example.com. Asset Management does a tremendous job of finding new homes for these items. In fact, many of NYU’s retired computers can now be found in NYC Board of Education public schools!