Sustainable Procurement

University Services supports MSU's sustainability goals as identified by Campus Sustainability by providing responsible, sustainable procurement and supply chain guidelines and practices.

Environmental considerations are a factor when Purchasing negotiates strategic contracts. Since these contracts provide the best value to the university, please visit Spartan Marketplace prior to using other buying methods.

All things being equal—price, quality, shipping, terms and conditions—a sustainable product should be selected for purchase.

Green Purchasing Guidelines

Though not exhaustive, the following are guidelines for sustainable procurement decisions.

Certifications and rankings

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