Office of Sustainability
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Green Purchasing

Sustainable purchasing incorporates both ecologically and socially responsible practices that minimize harmful impacts on natural and human resources.  Berea’s campus-wide purchasing policy includes guidelines with sustainable best practices for programs and offices to make informed green purchasing decisions.

Energy Star Procurement

The selection of all products procured for Berea College must carefully consider the anticipated energy use and available energy saving devices. Further, all products, appliances, and equipment purchased by Berea College shall be Energy Star qualified wherever practical and/or possible. Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping to protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Sustainability Initiatives in Procurement

Suppliers will be asked to provide information on their company’s green initiatives and environmentally preferable purchasing practices will be incorporated into contracts when feasible. Purchasing decisions will consider recycled content, waste minimization and energy efficiency as integral components of the decision-making process. Basic qualities for consideration include:

  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Recycled content
  • Energy efficiency
  • Durability
  • Solid waste
  • Total life cycle impact (manufacturing process, disposal)

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