Secondary Strategies

Institutionalize purchase of green cleaning and janitorial products

Implement an institution-wide stated preference to purchase cleaning and janitorial products that are Green Seal or UL Environment (EcoLogo) certified and/or meet similar multi-criteria sustainability standards. Communicate this policy/guidelines widely, and encourage campus users to not bring cleaning products onto campus unless they are green-certified.

Purchase in bulk

Departments/offices should evaluate their potential to take on more items purchased in bulk. If capacity generally exists, UNK should implement an institution-wide stated preference to purchase items in bulk.

Purchase Energy Star certified electronics and appliances

Implement an institution-wide stated preference to purchase computers, monitors, and other electronics/appliances that are Energy Star certified. Department/office leadership should take responsibility for enforcement.

Phrase RFPs to incorporate sustainability

Prompt vendors to compete on the basis of lowest total cost of ownership in addition to (or instead of) purchase price.

Require vendor adherence to minimum environmental standards

Implement policies, guidelines, and/or agreements that require new and/or existing vendors and contractors and/or franchisees to adhere to minimum environmental standards and practices.

Institutionalize life cycle analysis

Implement an institution-wide stated preference to employ life cycle analysis when evaluating purchasing options. This may require the Purchasing Department or other stakeholders to provide life cycle analysis education to departments’/offices’ leadership, and department/office leadership should take responsibility for enforcement.

Consolidate order purchases temporally

Implement an institution-wide stated preference for purchasers to make non-emergency orders only during two (Tues, Thurs) or three (Mon, Wed, Fri) days of the week. This strategy encourages purchasers to be more deliberate, which reduces wasteful spending and overstocking. Additionally, this strategy allows vendors to minimize packaging and increase delivery efficiency.