Since 2008, the Purchasing Department has worked with suppliers to encourage more efficient manufacturing and delivery processes that fulfill the University’s evolving sustainability requirements. Some of Princeton’s most aggressive green purchasing initiatives include its transition to chemical-free “blue” cleaning products and its policy to purchase only 100 percent post-consumer chlorine-free recycled printer and copier paper. Princeton also participates actively in one national and four regional purchasing cooperatives, which provide opportunities for broader sustainability impact among suppliers.
Encourage sustainability in the supply chain and procurement of purchased goods and services.
In 2016, 91 percent of general-use office paper purchased was 100 percent post-consumer recycled, chlorine-free paper, up from 67 percent in 2008.
Last year, the portion of re-manufactured printer cartridges purchased increased to about 59 percent from just 1 percent in 2009.
The AASHE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) allows metric-driven progress assessment across operations and academics for North American higher education and has recognized Princeton at the Silver leadership level.
About 60 percent by volume of chemical cleaners and soaps purchased were Green Seal™ certified, an increase from 34 percent in 2010.
The University purchased about the same amount of paper per capita in 2016 as last year, and 167 fewer tons than 2008. Since 2009, when a student print quota was instituted, sheets printed in computer clusters and public libraries have declined by 32 percent.
Expand default “green” purchasing processes for standard office supplies.
Develop campus procurement standards for various classes of electric and low-emission vehicles.
Host a Sustainable Purchasing Fair for the University community.
Evaluate potential shifts in metrics that include human and environmental health impacts.