Green Purchasing Guidelines
Though not exhaustive, the following are guidelines for sustainable procurement decisions.
Certifications and rankings
- Look for environmentally certified products, i.e. Energy Star, Forest Stewardship Council, etc.
See list of common certifications
Manufacturing and Production
- Look for products that are recycled, remanufactured, or have re-used content
- Use companies that implement environmentally preferable manufacturing techniques
- Buy locally produced or grown products to reduce transportation costs and support local communities
Packaging and Distribution
- If possible, consolidate shipments to reduce environmental impact as well as cost to MSU
- Ask if modifications can be made to packaging to reduce material used and downstream waste
- Consider alternative service delivery options, such as remote diagnostics
Use and Maintenance
- When buying equipment and supplies, consider all aspects of use including cost and operating expenses—electricity, steam, water, and supplies used over the life of the product. Purchasing can assist with this analysis.
- Use teleconference options as compared to face-to-face meetings requiring travel
- Avoid waste—buy in bulk when appropriate
- Look for items with warranties, so they can be fixed instead of replaced
- MSU Surplus Store: Repurpose previously used items
- Consider supplier take-back, resale, recyclability, and repurposing options at the end of product life