Campus Initiatives: Purchasing

Through its purchasing choices, Elon has the ability to influence the market and educate the campus and surrounding community. The University has adopted Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines to aid decision makers in purchasing environmentally preferable products and services. The Guidelines include a number of general, overall strategies as well strategies in specific areas including source reduction, operations efficiency and toxics and pollution. 

Printing

Remanufactured toner cartridges for laser desktop printers are purchased, and the used toner cartridges are sent back to the company to be remanufactured. The use of virgin paper for copy machines, printers and general office use has been phased out and replaced with 50% post-consumer recycled content paper. The use of 100% post-consumer recycled content paper is encouraged. 

Print Services has paper with recycled content and forest and/or environmental certifications such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Green Seal available for your large and special printing needs.  Recycled content percentages and certifications will vary based on paper type and color.  See Print Services website for more details. 

Furniture & Appliances

The majority of general office seating purchased is GREENGUARD certified and contains varying amounts of recycled content. Most panel or cubicle office systems purchased are GREENGUARD certified and contain recycled content. All appliances purchased are Energy Star rated.

Publications

University Relations creates and prints hundreds of publications each year. A significant effort has been made to use paper with post-consumer recycled content and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. At a minimum, all publications use paper with 10% post-consumer recycled content. Some publications are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled content and FSC certified paper. Select publications use soy based ink, which is available from some printing companies. Elon’s requests for paper with recycled content and FSC certification have made these products more available in the local area. 

Environmental Services

The Environmental Services department purchases green products for custodial services including cleaning chemicals and janitorial products and equipment. Products with an environmental certification, such as Green Seal and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Design for the Environment (DfE), are preferred and tested for effectiveness prior to adopting. A comprehensive green cleaning program has been developed for use in LEED facilities and is being implemented in other buildings in phases. 

Buildings

Sustainable purchasing is addressed in the University’s Green Building Policy and commitment to LEED certification.

Vehicles

The University has over 55 alternative fueled vehicles used by the Physical Plant, Campus Safety and Police, Admissions, Advancement and other departments.